First reported by Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune, the Padres have officially traded LHP Drew Pomeranz. In return, San Diego receives Boston’s No. 4 prospect, pitcher Anderson Espinoza.
The All-Star was truly having a breakout season for the Padres. His current ERA is 2.47, which is tied with All-Star Game starter Johnny Cueto for 3rd best in the league. Not only that, but Drew’s .184 opposing batting average, and .555 opposing OPS, both rank second best in the Majors. Once thought to be another 1st-round bust, Pomeranz has solidified himself as a premiere left-handed starting pitcher.
For Padres fans, the move was nothing surprising. Yet, it still has got to hurt. Clearly the Padres are in rebuild mode, and this move highlights this rebuild. Pomeranz marks the 3rd Padre player moved by the Trade Deadline, all pitchers. It is easy to argue that all 3 of these pitchers were moveable. James Shields proved he wasn’t worth the money, and Fernando Rodney was going to be gone in Free Agency anyways. The negative with Pomeranz is that he has only proven himself for a half of a season. He may go back to the bullpen type guy he has been, but now that gamble lies with the Boston Red Sox.
As mentioned, the Padres do receive the Red Sox No. 4 pitching prospect. According to ESPN Insider Keith Law, Espinzoa represents the number 14 overall prospect in the league. There is minimal stats for Espinoza, however he appears to have posted a 3.01 ERA in a season and a half in the minors.
Espinoza marks yet another prospect acquired by AJ Preller and company. This trade is a consistent string of trades that have not gone away for San Diego. Just is offseason, they acquired Pomeranz for 1B Yonder Alonso. Alonso was acquired way back for Matt Latos and a few others. All these trades were with big name players in the Padres organization. Fans can only hope that this trend continues with Anderson Espinoza.