Padres GM hids information in Pomeranz trade

Brian Hines
Contributing Writer

When the Boston Red Sox traded one of their best pitching prospects, Anderson Espinoza, for Drew Pomeranz back in July, the Sox were not getting all the information.

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San Diego Padres GM, A.J. Preller, is being suspended 30 days without pay for his role in the Padres hiding medical information on his players. The Padres organization could face further discipline as the team had their athletic trainers create two files for their team's medical information. One folder would be available to the league and one would be for internal team purposes. This would allow the Padres to hide medical information that could affect future trades.
"Trainers were told in meetings during spring training that the distinction was meant to better position the team for trades." Buster Olney reported on ESPN.
After Pomeranz was acquired by the Red Sox, officials with the team were interviewed by the MLB. It then became apparent that the Padres hid medical information about Pomeranz.
Olney said, "Sources within the Boston organization say it wasn't until after the deal was made that they became aware of some of the preventive measures that had been provided for Pomeranz."
Pomeranz was involved in taking oral medications that the Padres did not disclose.

Since acquiring Pomeranz, he has gone 2-5 with a 4.60 ERA in 11 starts. In 17 starts with san Diego before the trade he was 8-7 with a 2.47 ERA and a member of the NL All-Star team.

Dave Dombrowski said he could not comment on the matter, while San Diego's A.J. Preller said he did not intend to mislead anyone.

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