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.
The Giants made several roster moves on Saturday, most notably acquiring Twins outfielder Michael Reed in exchange for outfielder John Andreoli and cash considerations. The swap allowed the Twins to clear some space on their 40-man roster for more pitching depth, while the Giants designated lefty reliever Steven Okert for assignment in order to make room for Reed.
Reed, 26, split the majority of his 2018 season at Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett, where he hit a combined .342/.453/.520 with 11 home runs, 10 stolen bases (in 13 chances), and a .972 OPS across 404 plate appearances. He made the most of his brief appearance with the Braves, going 2-for-7 with a pair of base hits and three strikeouts, but still has yet to see more than eight games in the majors in any season to date.
Andreoli, 28, debuted with the Mariners in 2018. While he made a decent showing in Triple-A Tacoma, slashing .287/.397/.401 with three homers and a .798 OPS, he struggled to stay above the Mendoza Line in back-to-back MLB stints with Seattle and Baltimore.
In an additional move on Saturday, the Giants also acquired outfielder Mike Yastrzemski in a trade with the Orioles. Both Reed and Yastrzemski will give the club some much-needed center field depth after they released veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin on Friday.