Predicted Contract: One year, $6MM from the Kansas City Royals
There probably isn’t any situation in which Pomeranz returns to the Red Sox in 2019. He had a very good season in 2017, where he went 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA and 174 strikeouts. It made him a solid and dependable starter in the Red Sox’ rotation.
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But his first half season in Boston was disappointing, as was his 2018. Injuries have brought his velocity down and he hasn’t had the same control of his curveball that he has had when he is at his best. For the most part, he’s caused more trouble for the Red Sox than he has produced good results.
This contract would be a low risk, high reward kind of contract for both Pomeranz and the Royals. For Pomeranz, he would be going to a market where the pressure would be all but gone. If his velocity really is back like it was said to be towards the end of the playoffs, he could put together a good season in Kansas City. He could increase his stock and find himself with a comfortable contract from a good team two years from now in 2020. And the Royals would be getting a good former All-Star, who is barely 30 years old.