Drew Pomeranz

Drew Pomeranz thanks Red Sox in heartfelt Instagram post

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Drew Pomeranz thanks Red Sox in heartfelt Instagram post

When Drew Pomeranz signed with the San Francisco Giants earlier this offseason, Red Sox fans likely weren't all that upset to see the left-hander go.

Pomeranz struggled mightily in 2018, posting a 2-6 record and 6.08 ERA in 26 appearances. A significant dropoff from his 2017 season, when the left-hander went 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 32 starts.

Regardless, Pomeranz exited Boston a World Series champion, and Tuesday he posted a message on Instagram that shows he's thankful for everything the Sox organization had to offer.

Pomeranz will look to have a bounce-back season in San Francisco. It won't be the 30-year-old's first rodeo in the National League West or in the Bay Area. Pomeranz began his career with three seasons in Colorado before spending two years in Oakland, and then one in San Diego before getting shipped to Boston.

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Report: Drew Pomeranz signs with Giants, ends underwhelming Red Sox tenure

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Report: Drew Pomeranz signs with Giants, ends underwhelming Red Sox tenure

The Drew Pomeranz Era in Boston is over.

The San Francisco Giants are signing the free-agent pitcher to a one-contract worth $1.5 million, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal confirmed Wednedsay. KNBR's Larry Krueger was the first to report the signing.

Few expected Pomeranz to re-sign with the Boston Red Sox after his one-year, $8.5 million deal expired this offseason.

The 30-year-old left-hander enjoyed brief spurts of success with the Red Sox since joining the club via trade from the San Diego Padres at the 2016 MLB trade deadline. He posted a 17-6 record with a 3.32 ERA during the 2017 season while pitching a career-high 173 2/3 innings and at his best was a solid back-end starter for Boston.

Injuries and inconsistency plagued Pomeranz in 2018, however. He appeared in just 26 games while battling arm problems and put up an unseemly 6.08 ERA, resulting in his demotion to the bullpen. He also was left off the Red Sox's playoff roster, a sign that he wouldn't figure into manager Alex Cora's pitching plans in 2019.

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Cora: Pomeranz addition a matchup matter

Cora: Pomeranz addition a matchup matter

If Red Sox manager Alex Cora's decision to add Drew Pomeranz to the World Series was a head-scratcher to you, you may not be alone. After all, the lefthander struggled mightily in the final month of the season, posting an 11.05 ERA for September.

But as Cora explained, there's a finite reason for it, and it's primarily to do with number of left-handed bats the Dodgers carry, and what he learned from that last year when he was the Astros' bench coach for the World Series matchup with Los Angeles.

"Got a bunch of lefties, they mix and match," Cora said. "I was joking earlier today, it was like playing hockey against them, you know, all the shifts. They change in the third inning and they change again in the sixth and you've just got to be prepared.

"The experience I had against them last year, the way the Astros' roster was, Francisco Liriano was the only lefty, and it got to a point where he had to pitch in the World Series, and he got two big outs. I think he got Bellinger out in Game 6. The Dodgers ended up winning that game. And then in Game 7, he came in and got Bellinger out.

"So I do believe that Eddie [Rodriguez] and Drew [Pomeranz] at one point in this series, they're going to have to get one of those lefties out or one of those righties with reverse splits out. And he'll be ready for it. He's been doing an outstanding job the last two weeks working on mechanics, actually his velocity, and I know he wasn't in the game but velocity is up, 93. We've been looking for that the whole season. When that velocity is up, then the other pitches come into play. And we do feel that his mix is going to be a good one against them."

In three career postseason appearances, Pomeranz is 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA.

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