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.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado entered Monday night’s game against the Nationals sitting on 997 hits for his career spanning seven seasons. Arenado hit an RBI double in the first inning, grounded out in the third, doubled again to lead off the fifth, then hit a solo homer to lead off the seventh, breaking a 5-5 tie. The homer, off of Wander Suero, represented the 1,000th career hit for Arenado.
Arenado now has four homers on the season along with 14 RBI, 15 runs scored, and a .281/.337/.483 batting line. He has recovered nicely after a slow start to the season — he had a .610 OPS following an 0-for-4 game against the Giants on April 13.