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Red Sox get LHP Pomeranz from Padres for RHP Espinoza

Red Sox get LHP Pomeranz from Padres for RHP Espinoza

BOSTON -- The Red Sox and Padres have agreed on a deal that will send All-Star pitcher Drew Pomeranz to Boston.

Dave Dombrowski made the highly anticipated move to repair the struggling Red Sox starting rotation – but not without parting with at least one highly touted prospect.

Although it’s not the top offensive prospects Yoan Moncada or Andrew Benintendi, the Red Sox have parted with Anderson Espinoza -- Boston’s top pitching prospect.

This marks Dombrowski’s second trade where he moved prospects to San Diego since coming to Boston -- trading Manuel Margot (among other players) to acquire Craig Kimbrel before the 2016 campaign.

Pomeranz, 27, was acquired by San Diego from Oakland prior to 2016 and has put together an All-Star worthy campaign – earning his first Mid-Summer classic nod of his career.

The lefty is 8-7 with a 2.47 ERA and 115 strikeouts over 102 innings in 17 starts this year.

Pomeranz is expected to fill the hole Boston has so desperately needed to address all season, with Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly and Eduardo Rodriguez underperforming.

Pomeranz’s contract ends this season, and is making $1.35 million this year with his contract ending at the end of the season -- but two arbitration years remaining after the season.

Espinoza, 18, posted a 4.38 ERA for Single A Greenville in 76 innings, striking out 72 batters in the process.

Dennis Lin from the San Diego Union Tribune was the first to report the deal.

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.