The San Francisco Giants had success in 2018 when it came to non-roster invites and minor league signings. One of the most successful was Derek Holland. Now, Drew Pomeranz steps up to be that candidate in 2019.
The San Francisco Giants have inked Drew Pomeranz to a one year deal according to multiple outlets. Larry Kruger first broke the news on KNBR, and Ken Rosenthal later confirmed.
Through Rosenthal’s tweet, the San Francisco Giants will give him a base salary of $1.5 million that carries incentives to reach up to $5 million.
This pickup from the front office is pretty smart. Pomeranz had an injury plagued 2018 and wasn’t too far removed from a couple of solid years in 2016 and 2017. Pomeranz also is familiar with Curt Young, who coached him during his time with the A’s, coincidentally Pomeranz’s best statistical seasons thus far.
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The thing here is that the Giants don’t need Pomeranz to be back to his 2014-2016 self necessarily. They just need him to be better than Chris Stratton. If Pomeranz is any bit of healthy in 2019, he should be able to do just that. Now, for the bargain that is a $1.5 million dollar base? That’s pretty good as well.
The Giants rotation likely suits up to look like:
IF that holds, and they don’t trade or add any more, this looks like a solid rotation, arguably much better than how it was left in 2018. The question is obviously “where does Ty Blach and Chris Stratton fit in?”
The answer? Long relief likely, and within a spot starter’s role. The San Francisco Giants improve their depth and do so at a bargain with the acquisition of Drew Pomeranz. While it’s not the most heralded move, it’s certainly a solid one that improves the squad. Who knows?
Maybe Pomeranz kills it and they can move him at the deadline if a team is willing to part with a prospect or two. That’s a little less likely, but it’s nice to see a good group of veteran pitchers mixed in with a couple of young stud starters. Whether or not it moves the needle is a different story. The offense has been the issue for these Giants, and that’s where I think we all would like to start seeing moves in the coming weeks. So who’s next?