The Red Sox and pitcher Drew Pomeranz have settled before heading to an arbitration hearing by agreeing to a $4.45 million salary for the 2017 season, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Pomeranz had requested $5.7 million and the Red Sox countered at $3.6 million, so he comes out a little bit under the $4.65 million midpoint. He was in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility.
Pomeranz, 28, started the 2016 season strong, putting up a 2.47 ERA in 17 starts with the Padres before being traded to the Red Sox. In Boston, he struggled, finishing with a 4.59 ERA and a 71/24 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings spanning 13 starts and one relief appearance. The lefty battled some forearm discomfort during the end of the regular season and in the postseason, receiving a stem cell injection in his left elbow in October. Pomeranz is expected to be fully ready for spring training.
Pomeranz will likely pitch out of the back of the starting rotation when the regular season opens.
The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his thumb. Weeks of playing through the pain hasn’t worked, so he’ll take a breather while the Giants give outfielder Mac Williamson a chance to start in left after getting called up from Triple-A Fresno.
Pence, 35, wouldn’t pin his recent struggles on his injury, but it’s clear that he’s having difficulty finding his footing this year. He slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 through 61 plate appearances in 2018, collecting just one extra-base hit and two walks during the Giants’ dismal 7-11 stretch. While it’s far too early in the season to make any final judgments, it doesn’t look like the veteran outfielder will be replicating the .275+ average, 4.0+ fWAR totals of years past (at least, not anytime soon).
Williamson, meanwhile, has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A. Prior to his call-up this weekend, the 27-year-old batted an incredible .487/.600/1.026 with six home runs and a 1.626 OPS through his first 50 PA. A hot Triple-A bat doesn’t always survive the transition to the majors, but the Giants will use all the help they can get — especially as they take on the AL West-leading Angels this weekend.