For the fourth time in just over a week, Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski has made a trade in attempt to improve this team’s hopes of making a playoff push. This time we see another need being improved in the starting rotation. The Boston Red Sox and the San Diego Padres have completed a trade that will send Drew Pomeranz to Boston. The return for the trade is reported to be Red Sox fourth ranked prospect in the farm system, RHP Anderson Espinoza.

Pomeranz just pitched a scoreless inning in the All-Star game just a few days ago and has certainly been on the upswing this season. The 27 year old lefty-starter has an 8-7 record with a 2.47 ERA in 17 appearances this year in San Diego. This is Pomeranz second season as a regular starter, but this is his best season, by far, in the role.

Pitching half of his games in San Diego does bring expectations of a higher ERA in Boston. Not only does he get to pitch at at Petco, but he also gets to face teams like the Oakland A’s, and L.A. Angels. I expect him to finish the season with roughly a 3.30 to 3.50 ERA. It is tough to think that this is the type of pitcher Pomeranz is, as he has a career ERA of 3.66 and has been traded four times in five seasons.

Anderson Espinoza was highly touted as one of the best young pitchers in the minors. He was expected to be the next big Red Sox prospect, and now he will be in San Diego like former Red Sox prospect OF Manuel Margot. The Padres are probably jumping on him at a good time, because since arriving at Single A Greenville last year, Espinoza has had a 5-9 record with a 4.76 ERA.

This is something the baseball world should be expecting from Dave Dombrowski. Red Sox fans knew that when he was hired, the farm system would not be as stacked as it was prior. He trades for MLB level talent and is not swayed by the allure of promising prospects. It is hard to determine what the talent will look like at the major league level, so maybe this trade will work out for the Red Sox in the long run. Right now, however, I can not be fully on-board with this decision until I see Pomeranz play in the AL East against lineups like the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays on a frequent basis.

Note: Pomeranz is only signed until the end of this season but is arbitration eligible until 2019. The Red Sox just traded their number one pitching prospect for a guy who has had half a year of success, and they may not even keep him long-term. I am less than thrilled.

Note II: Jason Groome has signed his deal with the Red Sox and immediately slides into the number one pitching prospect role. This signing may have made Dombrowski a little more willing to part with Espinoza.

 

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