Red Sox Acquire Drew Pomeranz to Help Pitching Rotation

The Boston Red Sox started to add to their roster for the stretch run to the playoffs when they acquired Drew Pomeranz, a left-hander from the San Diego Padres this week for Anderson Espinoza one of their top pitching prospects.

The deal cost the Red Sox plenty as they parted with Espinoza who is rated as their No. 1 pitching prospect and No. 4 prospect overall.

This trade came only two days after Pomeranz threw one scoreless inning in the All-Star Game for the National League. It was the first time he had appeared in an All-Star Game during his career.

Pomeranz is due to debut for Boston Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants at Fenway Park.

Boston is 49-38 on the season and trails the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East by just two games. The Sox begin their post All-Star schedule on Friday with the Yankees in the Bronx.

Dave Dombrowski the Boston president of baseball operations called Pomeranz a good pitcher who has grown over the past couple of years.

Dombrowski has been attempting to patch up the rotation for Boston for the past few weeks. He now believes with the acquisition of Pomeranz the Red Sox have four strong starters and are hopeful Eduardo Rodriguez can step up when he makes a start on Saturday.

This deal is the Dombrowski’s third in the past week and he may now be done with most of his work to beat the trade deadline.

Over a two-day period last week, Boston acquired Aaron Hill a right-handed batter from Milwaukee as well as reliever Brad Ziegler from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Boston has in the opinion of many, the best offense in baseball led by their quartet of All-Stars David Ortiz, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts.

The acquisition of Pomeranz gives the Red Sox rotation support of David Price, Rick Porcello and Steven Wright.

Ziegler gives the Red Sox a strong key arm in its bullpen just when Craig Kimbrel its closer had knee surgery and Junichi Tazawa its setup man both have been put on the disabled list.

Boston gave up Espinoza an 18-year old from Venezuela who was 5-8 with an ERA of 4.38 after 17 starts. His absence will likely not be felt by Boston for a couple of seasons and hopefully will not come back to haunt them like some of the other trades they have made in the past.

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