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Friday, 15 July 2016 00:11

Red Sox Acquire All-Star Pomeranz for Top Prospect Espinoza

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After making three trades in the week prior to the All-Star Game, the Boston Red Sox pulled the trigger on another deal to finally bolster their starting rotation.

The Red Sox acquired All-Star starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz from the San Diego Padres for highly ranked prospect Anderson Espinoza on Thursday evening.

Pomeranz is in the middle of a career season in the Padres rotation, as his 2.47 ERA ranks fourth in the MLB behind Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, and Johnny Cueto, who he joined in the All-Star Game in his home ballpark at Petco Park in San Diego.  Pomeranz has an 8-7 record, throwing a career-high 102.0 innings with 115 strikeouts and just 41 walks allowed.

The 27-year-old lefty was considered one of the prize arms on the trading block due to his contract status, age, and performance this season.  He isn’t eligible to become a free agent until 2019, and he is owed just $1.3 million this year, although he will be looking at a hefty raise next year if he would opt to pursue arbitration.

The price for acquiring Pomeranz was steep, as Espinoza was one of the top prospects in a loaded Red Sox farm system.  The 18-year-old was ranked #34 in MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, and had drawn lofty comparisons to another former Red Sox pitcher, Pedro Martinez.  Espinoza has an electric arm that can touch 97-100 mph, and led the Greenville Drive (Single-A) with 72 strikeouts in 76.0 innings pitched this season.

Pomeranz will be joining his fifth team in just seven years, as he was drafted by the Indians in 2010 before being part of the Ubaldo Jimenez deal with the Colorado Rockies at the trade deadline one year later.  He was dealt again to the Oakland A’s in December 2013 for Brett Anderson, and then traded for the fourth time to the Padres as part of the Yonder Alonso deal last offseason.

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Adam Belue

My name is Adam Belue, I'm from Fall River, MA, and I'm a sports fanatic.  I'll watch and write about just about any and every sport, even the fringe ones that aren't really sports like bowling, poker, and ultimate frisbee.  I'm a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and a self-proclaimed New England Patriots hater (and proud of it!)... which makes my job in a sporting goods store quite interesting.  I'm a big fan of the other local teams (Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics), along with the Alabama Crimson Tide and college football as a whole.  I may be a bit obsessed (or a lot obsessed) with Taylor Swift, and I've seen her in concert four times so far... some of the best times I've had by the way her concerts are quite the experience!  I'm also a huge tennis fan, and have played the sport for a good majority of my life.  I wish more people watched and appreciated tennis.  I'm currently a part of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox Beat Team on CLNS Radio, and post a weekly fantasy football and college football column during the season.