An All-Star starting pitcher for a guy in Single-A? When your team is in the heat of a pennant race, it sounds like an obvious trade. It might sound better than it actually was though — given some potential foul play.
There seems to be an idea that the San Diego Padres have been crooked lately. And the Boston Red Sox don’t believe they got a fair look into Pomeranz’ medical records before sending Anderson Espinoza to the Padres for him.
Throughout the league, teams tend to be honest with each other so they will continue trading with each other. But the Padres might be making teams a little weary.
They had a big trade with the Miami Marlins — sending Colin Rea and Andrew Cashner to South Beach — and Rea was hurt in his first start with the Marlins.
Now, Rea needs Tommy John Surgery, so the Marlins weren’t happy. As a result, the fins sent Rea back to San Diego for one of the prospects who was in the trade.
Ah, now that makes sense. Pomeranz was one of the best starting pitchers in the National League this season. But he’s 0-2 with a 6.20 ERA in his four starts for the Red Sox thus far.
There is no way the Red Sox are happy with the production they have received from him. But it’s quite possible the Padres knew something was up. After all, he was 8-7 with a 2.47 ERA in 17 starts for the Padres. Hmm…
Of course, Boston is a tough place to adjust to, but medical records are at least a good excuse if nothing is truly wrong. If something is wrong, however, then may the Padres face repercussions.
For now, however, it appears as though Red Sox fans are probably going to just have to suffer through Pomeranz’ starts as he becomes acclimated to the environment.
He’s from Tennessee, so this seems fitting for Red Sox fans watching him pitch: