28 Nov

have arm, will travel

Add another twist to the Drew Pomeranz Trail. The former Ole Miss standout, who pitched for San Francisco and Milwaukee in 2019, has agreed to a contract with San Diego, where he was an All-Star in 2016 before being traded shortly thereafter to Boston. The free-agent deal is for a reported $34 million over four years. Pomeranz’s winding journey started in 2010, when the big left-hander was drafted fifth overall by Cleveland. He never pitched for the Indians, however. He was traded to Colorado in the summer of 2011 and made his MLB debut on Sept. 11 of that year. He was later traded to Oakland, then traded to San Diego, then traded to Boston. He won a ring with the Red Sox in 2018 – though he didn’t pitch in the postseason – and became a free agent last fall, signing a $1.5 million deal for 2019 with the Giants, who traded him in July to Milwaukee, where he shined. He became a free agent again at season’s end and was scooped up by the Padres. All told, Pomeranz, now 31, has changed organizations eight times in 10 years. He has a 4.04 career ERA and can start or relieve, which makes him a valuable commodity.

Mike Christensen

Mike Christensen

A long-time sports fan and 30-year newspaper veteran muses on all things baseball in Mississippi. Contact: mwchristens@gmail.com
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