Tonight Drew Pomeranz will make his first start in a Red Sox uniform. Sox fans will all be watching anxiously to see how Pomeranz performs in a powerful American League East. Yesterday, while I was at the gym, I was listening to Felger & Mazz discuss about the Pomeranz trade. As any Boston sports fan knows, that show can drive anybody up the wall. Tony Massaratti argued that even if Pomeranz helps the Red Sox win a few more games down the stretch, he isn’t worth Anderson Espinoza. There is no question that the Red Sox needed stability in their rotation, and Pomeranz provides just that.
I already talked about this on my Red Sox podcast, which you can find here.
but I feel like I need to make a few quick points in this blog post
In my opinion, I think this deal makes a whole lot of sense for the Red Sox. Obviously, you hate to see Anderson Espinoza leave the organization, as he has received early comps to Pedro Martinez. However, Espinoza has struggled this year in Low-A Greenville, posting a 4.38 ERA in 17 starts. Espinoza is at least three or four years off, and the Red Sox have an opportunity to win the whole thing right now, and Drew Pomeranz puts them in a far better position to do so. 2016 being David Ortiz’s final season gives the Sox an extra incentive to reach the postseason, as everybody knows what Ortiz can do when the calendar flips to October.
Lastly, the Red Sox have two other highly touted pitching prospects in the lower levels of their minor league system in Michael Kopech and Jason Groome. Kopech touched 105 on the radar gun a week ago, and Groome was the Red Sox first round draft pick in June. Would it be nice to also have Espinoza in that mix? Sure. However, he was only in low-A and for all we know could have washed out at the higher levels. Henry Owens was untouchable just a few seasons ago, and has barely gotten a shot in the Red Sox rotation that has struggled mightily for most of the season. Espinoza may turn out to be a dominant pitcher, but Drew Pomeranz helps the Red Sox reach and possibly win the World Series in 2016.
Oh, and the addition of Pomeranz makes a Clay Buchholz DFA seem much more realistic. That’s huge.