KNBR’s Larry Krueger reports that the GIants are expected to sign free agent pitcher Drew Pomeranz. ESPN’s Jeff Passan adds that the deal is for one year and $1.5 million, and Chris Cotillo of Masslive.com notes that Pomeranz can earn an additional $3.5 million through performance incentives. [Update: The deal is official.]
Pomeranz, 30, had an injury-plagued 2018, battling biceps tendinitis. He made 11 starts and 15 relief appearances totaling 75 innings, posting a 6.08 ERA with a 66/44 K/BB ratio. The lefty was quite solid between 2014-17, however, accruing an aggregate 3.24 ERA over nearly 500 innings.
Pomeranz could snag a spot at the back of the Giants’ starting rotation. The Giants already have lefties Will Smith, Tony Watson, and Steven Okert in the bullpen.
SNY’s Andy Martino reports that Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman has been diagnosed with a partial lat tear. There is no timetable yet for his recovery, but it would seem likely he doesn’t pitch again this season.
Gsellman, 26, went on the injured list on Saturday (retroactive to August 14) with what was initially called right triceps tightness. Across 63 2/3 innings of relief for the Mets this season, the right-hander posted a 4.66 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 23 walks.
Losing Gsellman is a big deal for the Wild Card-hopeful Mets. While his ERA wasn’t anything incredible, he was a workhorse, accruing the most innings of anyone in the bullpen. With Gsellman out of the mix, the Mets will lean even more on Seth Lugo and Jeurys Familia behind struggling closer Edwin Díaz.