Red Sox: Grading trades, free agent signings of Dave Dombrowski
By Rick McNair
DREW POMERANZ TRADE
Drew Pomeranz has been a disaster for the Red Sox. The number that leaps out is at 1.8 HR/9 since Pomeranz appears to enjoy life as a batting practice pitcher. His 20 starts for Boston there is nothing really memorable and a lot that was forgettable. Now Pomeranz has an injury and the magnitude is unknown.
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The Red Sox sent their top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza to the Padres for Pomeranz and what eventually surfaced was the Padres had simply not been open and honest about Pom-Pom’s medical history. Espinoza is also being treated with caution by the Padres and has yet to pitch in 2017.
This deal is one that I simply could not come to grips with and then came the information on the Padres withholding medical history. The Red Sox had an opportunity to negate the trade, but chose not to act. That is all in the hands of Dombrowski – who I imagine has no comprehension of The Lemon Law.
What was there in Pomeranz’ history to show he would be a legitimate middle of the rotation starter? Never a complete game and a record skewered by playing in big ballparks in Oakland and San Diego. This deal certainly aroused ire within the media and Red Sox Nation.
Pomeranz will eventually be gone from Boston and probably this season or the next. I have no illusions about his ability to contribute as a positive for the Red Sox.
EARLY GRADE – D-