Red Sox acquire Drew Pomeranz from the Padres

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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.

Zack Britton’s season over, TJ surgery comeback out of time

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NEW YORK — Zack Britton‘s season is over, his comeback from Tommy John surgery cut short after just three relief appearances for the New York Yankees.

New York put the 34-year-old left-hander on the 60-day injured list and selected the contract of right-hander Jacob Barnes from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Britton was removed after throwing a tiebreaking wild pitch in a 2-1 loss to Baltimore, an outing that lasted just nine pitches. The two-time All-Star had Tommy John surgery on Sept. 8, 2021, and made eight minor league injury rehabilitation appearances starting Aug. 24 and three big league appearances beginning Sept. 24. He threw 36 pitches to nine batters with a 13.50 ERA, six walks and one strikeout.

“Kind of running out of time here and having a little bit of fatigue last night, it’s like one of those things, you don’t want to power through that and reach for more and then do some damage as you’re coming back,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s in a good spot heading into the offseason.”

Britton had hoped to be able to help the Yankees in the postseason. He is eligible for free agency after the World Series.

“It’s just that final sharpness,” Boone said. “At this point in the season, just kind of up against it there. But he worked his tail off to put himself in this position and give himself an opportunity and certainly admire that.”

Barnes, 32, started the season with Detroit and was released on June 18 after going 3-1 with a 6.10 ERA in 22 relief appearances. He struck out 10 and walked nine in 20 2/3 innings.

Barnes signed a minor league contract with Seattle, made four relief appearances for Triple-A Tacoma, then was brought up by the Mariners and designated for assignment two days later without playing in a game. He refused an outright assignment, signed back with the Tigers and made five appearances at Triple-A Toledo. Released by the Mud Hens, he signed with Scranton on Aug. 30 and had a 2.25 ERA in 10 games for the RailRiders.

Boone said reliever Clay Holmes will not go on the IL after receiving a cortisone injection for inflammation in his right rotator cuff. If the Yankees had put Holmes on the IL, he would not be available for the Division Series.

After playing his first game since Sept. 4 and going 0 for 3, DJ LeMahieu said his injured right second toe felt fine. He is in a 2-for-41 slide.

“It felt good to play again,” LeMahieu said. “I felt like a baseball player.”

Matt Carpenter, sidelined since breaking his left toot on Aug. 8, ran on the field and will be among players reporting to training camp for Double-A Somerset, where there will be eight or nine pitchers. Boone anticipates Carpenter being available for the postseason as a pinch-hitter or designated hitter.

Right-hander Frankie Montas, sidelined since Sept. 16 by inflammation in his pitching shoulder, has resumed throwing.

“I don’t know about the Division Series,” Boone said, “more likely beyond.”