A year has passed since the Drew Pomeranz trade, and the Red Sox are starting to see what Drew is capable of when healthy. Drew has turned into one of the most reliable starters the Red Sox have, and healthy Drew Pomeranz has been tearing up the American League as of late.
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Last year, Drew Pomeranz left a lot to be desired, and it was tough to stomach the Red Sox giving up such a talented arm in Anderson Espinoza. I even suggested that Boston consider moving Drew to the bullpen to the full time. He had previously thrived in that role in Oakland, before going to the National League.
It turned out that the Padres had lied to the Red Sox about the health of Drew Pomeranz, as Drew was actually hurt and had been experiencing some arm discomfort. Dave Dombrowski had a chance to reverse the trade and send Pomeranz back to San Diego, with Espinosa returning to Boston. At this point, I am glad the Red Sox did not reverse the trade.
Pomeranz has become the second best starter in the Red Sox rotation. His strikeout numbers are in the upper caliber of starting pitchers in the league. Drew also seems to not give up very many hits these days either. Looking back on it, the Red Sox seem to have won this trade. Anderson Espinoza has yet to pitch this year after being saddled with arm problems at the end of last year.
The Padres are still seemingly on the Red Sox do not trade list. The topic of AJ Preller and the Padres was brought up to Dave Dombrowski recently. Dombrowski scowled and gave the media the silent treatment when the topic of AJ Preller and the Padres were brought up. Clearly the hiding of Pomeranz injury, along with the cover up when asked about it last year, is not something that sat well with the Red Sox front office.
If the Red Sox want to play deep into October, Pomeranz is going to need to be as good as he has been all year. If Pomeranz continues the run he is on, he will provide a nice compliment to Chris Sale to end the season and go into October.