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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. 

 

Here's Alex Cora's surprised reaction to Manny Machado-to-Padres report

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Here's Alex Cora's surprised reaction to Manny Machado-to-Padres report

Welcome to 2019, when managers can learn of breaking news during their press conferences.

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was speaking with reporters at spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., when reports surfaced that free agent shortstop Manny Machado had agreed to a massive contract with the San Diego Padres.

A reporter shared the news with Cora, and naturally, the biggest development of the offseason took the skipper by surprise.

"I mean, good for him. Wow, you shocked me right there," Cora said.

We'd imagine Cora is breathing a sigh of relief that Machado didn't choose the rival New York Yankees. He also took a playful swipe at those who thought the White Sox acquiring two of Machado's friends, Jon Jay and Yonder Alonso, would bring him to Chicago.

"You say the whole Jon Jay, Yonder thing? That wasn't going to happen," Cora said. "What were they going to do, not play? They signed Jon Jay because he's a good player."

Others may question the All-Star shortstop's decision to join a historically unsuccessful Padres franchise. But Cora insisted he likes what's happening in San Diego.

"I mean, (Eric) Hosmer, Manny, (Fernando) Tatis (Jr.) -- (general manager) A.J. (Preller) is doing a good job over there," Cora noted. "They've got all this talent in the minor leagues. So, you never know where they go now."

The Red Sox will see Machado once this season during a three-game series in San Diego from Aug. 23 to 25. As for the 26-year-old's rocky history with Boston dating to a series of 2017 incidents while he was with the Baltimore Orioles, Cora -- who knows Machado personally -- says that's water under the bridge.

"He's a good player, man," Cora said. "I know he had some issues with the organization a few years ago, whatever, but the kid is from the area, I actually know him. He's what, 26? I guess he got what he wanted. And that's good for the game."

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MLB Rumors: Manny Machado to sign with Padres, avoid AL East

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MLB Rumors: Manny Machado to sign with Padres, avoid AL East

Manny Machado has decided stay in the same state.

The free agent shortstop has ended months of speculation by agreeing to a contract with the San Diego Padres, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Tuesday.

Machado's deal reportedly is worth $300 million over 10 years with an opt-out clause after the fifth year, making it the biggest free agent contract in the history of American sports.

It's still a puzzling move for the All-Star shortstop, who reached the World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season but now joins a franchise that hasn't reached the playoffs since 2006.

The New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies reportedly were in the mix for Machado, but the 26-year-old is spurning all of them to sign with a small-market club.

That means the Red Sox won't see much of Machado in 2019, as the Padres meet Boston just once this season for three-game series in August.

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