The Giants have inked a one-year contract, Larry Krueger reports. The deal is reportedly $1.5M with an upward of $5M with incentives, a low risk, high reward move by Farhan Zaidi.
My sources tell me that the #sfgiants will sign veteran pitcher Drew Pomeranz later today. He was a 17-game winner in '17. Nice add by Farhan! Maybe he bounces back in the NL West.— Larry Krueger (@sportslarryknbr) January 23, 2019
Pomeranz is coming off of a rough, injury riddled 2018 season with the Red Sox, garnering a 6.08 ERA, in only 26 games played. He missed a good portion of the second half of the year after sustaining biceps tendonitis and smaller injuries by proxy. Boston attempted to turn the southpaw into a bullpen pitcher after continual struggle starting games, only to find little success.
If the 30-year old can stay healthy and avoid any more bodily mishaps, there’s still hope that he can have a renaissance in the bay. From 2014-2017 he averaged a 3.24 ERA, . The former All-Star was dealt to the Red Sox at the 2016 trade deadline from the Padres in exchange for top pitching prospect, Anderson Espinoza. In his first season with the team, he proved that their investment was worth while, going 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA.
The Giants are now looking at a veteran rotation of Bumgarner, Holland, and Pomeranz. Adding a third lefty to their arsenal to round out a mixed bag of experienced and young pitchers in a notoriously pitcher friendly park should give the Giants a fighting chance in the NL West. Now, they just need to cover Pomeranz in some bubble wrap and they’ll be all set.