Update (6:34 PM EDT): Lin confirms that it’s a one-for-one deal, Pomeranz for Espinoza.
Update (6:07 PM EDT): Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports that pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza is headed to the Padres as part of the deal. Espinoza was rated the fourth-best prospect in Boston’s system by MLB Pipeline. Baseball America rated him the 15th-best overall prospect in their midseason update. The 18-year-old right-hander has spent the season with Single-A Greenville, compiling a 4.38 ERA with a 72/27 K/BB ratio in 76 innings.
Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Red Sox have acquired starter Drew Pomeranz from the Padres. The Padres’ return is unknown at the moment, but according to Lin, “it is believed to include at least one of the Red Sox’ better prospects.”
Pomeranz had a shaky start to his career with the Rockies, but was traded to the Athletics after the 2013 season. Over the last two season with the A’s, operating as a swingman, Pomeranz was quite successful, finishing with a 2.35 ERA over 69 innings in 2014 and a 3.66 ERA in 86 innings in ’15.
This season, Pomeranzo has been one of the game’s best starters, posting a 2.47 ERA with a 115/41 K/BB ratio in 102 innings. He was named to the National League All-Star team, his first such nomination in his career. He’s earning $1.35 million this season and has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining before he can reach free agency.
The Red Sox have made it no secret they were in search of starting pitching help, as free agent signing David Price has been inconsistent to a 4.34 ERA and Clay Buchholz was recently demoted from the rotation to the bullpen for the second time this season. Pomeranz should add some stability to the middle of Boston’s rotation.