Red Sox Trade for Drew Pomeranz
By Peter Santo
This offseason the Red Sox needed arms, and Dave Dombrowski brought in David Price. Despite finally having their ace, the Sox still needed pitching help, Steven Wright was an amazing first half surprise for Sox fans, but even that wasn’t enough.
After it was announced that Clay Buchholz and Eduardo Rodriguez would be rejoining the rotation after the All-Star break, it was clear the Sox needed to make a move. I’m not sure if this was the right move, but Dombrowski had no choice.
Late last night news broke that the Red Sox had traded for Drew Pomeranz, sending Anderson Espinoza to San Diego in return. On the surface, this doesn’t seem like a bad move, but dig a little deeper, and that’s where things get hairy.
Pomeranz is an all star left-hander who is under team control through 2018. However this is where the good news ends. To acquire the services of Pomeranz, Dombrowski was forced to part with pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza. Espinoza is an 18 year old pitcher who is already ranked the number 15 prospect in baseball according to ESPN’s Keith Law.
You have to go back to 2005 to find the last time the Sox dealt a prospect of Espinoza’s caliber, when Theo Epstein traded Hanley Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez to the Marlins for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell.
Espinoza is viewed a cut above what Casey Kelly and Anthony Rizzo, yes that Anthony Rizzo who is now a Cubs’ superstar , when they were dealt to San Diego in 2010 in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez.
Those trades were different however, in those deals you traded prospects for sure-fire great players. Pomeranz is largely unproven as a starter, he was used mainly in relief before this season and this is the first season in which he has eclipsed 100 innings pitched.
Despite the negatives, the Red Sox had no choice but to pull off this trade, they had to show they are in win now mode. They acquired a pitcher they needed who is under team control the next two years, while also protecting some of the key pieces of their farm system.
I was nervous Dombrowski was going to overpay for a starting pitcher, and my fears proved true, but at least Dombrowski didn’t sell the whole future in an attempt to get the Red Sox over the top this season.
I was nervous he was going to trade Yoan Moncada or Andrew Benintendi for a guy like Julio Teheran, a solid starter for sure, but not worth the Braves’ asking price. The only time I would accept seeing those two on the transaction wire are if Jose Fernandez or Chris Sale were on the other end, but with that not happening, we needed to protect those prospects.
The Red Sox have a chance to return to the postseason this year, but relying on Drew Pomeranz to put them over the top is not something I would be banking on Sox fans.