Drew Pomeranz

Pomeranz avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $8.5M deal with Red Sox

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Pomeranz avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $8.5M deal with Red Sox

After the best season of his career, Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz has nearly doubled his salary.

Pomeranz, who went 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA last season and firmly established himself in the starting rotation, avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $8.5 million contract.

Pomeranz made $4.45 million last season. Fellow Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez agreed to a one-year, $2.375 million deal to avoid arbitration. Rodriguez, who turns 25 in April, went 6-7 with a 4.19 ERA in 24 starts last season when he was again bothered by a knee injury. 

Pomeranz, 29, acquired at the trade deadline from the San Diego Padres in 2016, and Rodriguez were two of nine Red Sox agreeing to one-year deals and avoiding arbitration hearings Friday. Right fielder Mookie Betts, 25, who made $950,000 last season (.264, 24 homers, 102 RBI, 25 stolen bases, .803 OPS), was the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox player who didn't come to an agreement. 

 

Five thoughts from Game 2: Time to talk about the manager

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Five thoughts from Game 2: Time to talk about the manager

The Red Sox look and appear small and feckless, shriveling in Houston as they stand one game away from getting swept out of the ALDS for the second year in a row. Click here for the gallery. 

No surprise, Farrell says Sale will start ALDS Game 1

No surprise, Farrell says Sale will start ALDS Game 1

BOSTON - In a surprise to no one, Red Sox manager John Farrell announced that Chris Sale will be the Game 1 starter when the Sox open the ALDS Thursday in Houston.

It'll be the first career postseason start for Sale, the left-hander acquired from the White Sox in the offseason who helped pitch the Sox to the A.L. East title and put himself in Cy Young Award conversation by going 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and 308 strikeouts, five shy of Pedro Martinez's franchise record.

Right-hander Justin Verlander (15-8, 3.36), the Astros' late-season acquisition from the Detroit Tigers, is Houston's likely Game 1 starter. Verlander has started 16 career games in the postseason (7-5, 3.39 ERA), including Game 1 of the 2006 and '12 World Series.

Farrell is undecided on the rest of his rotation. Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (17-6, 3.32) has been talked about as the Game 2 starter with lefty Eduardo Rodriguez and right-handers Rick Porcello and Doug Fister in the starting mix as well. 

Sale is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 12 career starts on three days' rest. 

The rest of the best-of-five series schedule, with times to be determined:

Game 2, Friday, at Houston
Games 3, Sunday, Oct. 8, at Fenway Park
Game 4 (if necessary), Mon., Oct. 9, at Fenway
Game 5 (if necessary), Wed, Oct. 11, at Houston