Dave Dombrowski is wheeling and dealing again. Last night, the Red Sox GM, traded Anderson Espinoza, their top pitching prospect, to the San Diego Padres for All-star lefty Drew Pomeranz. Dombrowski is clearly in a win-now attitude and is doing whatever he can to make this team better come October. Many people are upset at Dombrowski because they believe that he gave up too much for Pomeranz. Although it was only one player, Anderson Espinoza, is what many fans and scouts believe to be their best pitching prospect they’ve had in years. He is only 18 years old but he was dominant pitching for the both the Dominican Summer League Red Sox and the rookie level Gulf Coast League Red Sox. He has struggled a little in Low A Greenville and maybe Dombrowski didn’t see as much as other people did and decided this was the right time to pull the trigger.
People are also concerned about Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz is a 27 year-old journey man who has been traded multiple times, been sent to the bullpen, and been sent to Triple AAA. He was the number 5th pick in the 2010 draft but before this year he was never able to find his groove. In the 2016 season, Pomeranz is having a career year. He is 8-7 with a 2.47 ERA, which ranked 3rd in the National League. He’s never pitched over 100 innings, which is a concern, but this year feels different.
I understand why some Sox fans would be frustrated by this move, but I feel like Dombrowski did the right thing. The Sox want to win this year and in order to do that they need good starting pitching. If Price, Wright, Porcello, and Pomeranz keep on pitching like they have all year than this team will be good enough to win a World Series. The Pitching market is weak this year and in order to get something you have to give up something. The Sox did that without giving up either Moncada or Benintendi. They also have Pomeranz locked up until 2018 so it’s not like they gave up too much for a rental. I’m sure Ortiz is feeling good about this deal because this is his last year and the ultimate goal for him is to go out as a four-time World Series Champion.
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