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Giants sign former Red Sox starting pitcher


© Patrick Gorski | 2018 Aug 31


SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The San Francisco Giants announced today that they have signed left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz to a one-year major league contract. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

Pomeranz appeared in 26 games (11 starts) for the Boston Red Sox in 2018, posting a 2-6 record with a 6.08 ERA (50er, 74.0ip) in a season that included a pair of stints on the 10-day disabled list. The southpaw opened the year on the DL with a left forearm flexor strain and was activated on April 20. He also missed time on the 10-day DL with left biceps tendinitis from June 5-July 24 before returning to the active roster from the end of July through the remainder of the regular season. Pomeranz was on Boston’s 2018 World Series roster but did not see action in a game.

In 2017, Pomeranz made a career-high 32 starts for the Red Sox and posted career highs in wins (17) and innings pitched (173.2) while striking out 174. His 17 wins were tied for fifth-most in the majors behind Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco and Corey Kluber, Kansas City’s Jason Vargas and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, who each had 18. His 3.32 ERA was seventh-best in the AL while his 9.02 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched ranked ninth-best in the American League. His 174 strikeouts were 12th-most in the AL.

The Collierville, TN native’s last stint in the National League came in 2016 where he was named to the N.L. All-Star team with the Padres after going 8-7 with a 2.47 ERA (28er, 102.0ip) in 17 starts prior to the All-Star break. Pomeranz was traded to Boston on July 14 and finished the season with the Red Sox. He ended his 2016 campaign with a career-best 186 strikeouts

From 2016-2017, Pomeranz owned a 3.32 ERA in 63 games (62 starts), which ranked as the sixth-best figure among qualified left-handed starting pitchers behind Kershaw (2.03 ERA), Rich Hill (2.78), Madison Bumgarner (2.93), Alex Wood (3.00) and Chris Sale (3.12).

Over eight Major League seasons, Pomeranz has posted a 44-48 record with a 3.92 ERA (309er, 710.0ip) in 196 games (122 starts) with Colorado (2011-2013), Oakland (2014-2015), San Diego (2016) and Boston (2016-2018). As a starter in his career, Pomeranz owns a 4.04 ERA (280er, 623.0ip) in 122 career starts. In 74 career relief appearances, most of which came with Oakland in 2015, Pomeranz has posted a 3.00 ERA (29er, 87.0ip).

The 30-year-old was originally drafted by Cleveland in the first round (fifth overall pick) in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Mississippi.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Pomeranz, the Giants have designated OF Mike Gerber for assignment.

 

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