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All-star Pomeranz to Red Sox

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The Boston Red Sox have acquired All-star LHP Drew Pomeranz from the San Diego Padres in exchange for Boston’s No.4 prospect(No.34 Prospect overall per Anderson Espinoza. The trade is believed to be a straight one for one.

With the addition of Pomeranz (8-7 2.47 ERA 10.1K/9) the Red Sox get a much-needed boost to their rotation. Pomeranz, who was in the midst of a break out season, was a first time all-star. The 27-year-old is only set to make $1.35 million and is under club control through 2018.

The Red Sox rotation has struggled to live up to expectations with incumbent ace David Price authoring his worst ERA (4.34) since his rookie year after signing a $217 million contract this off-season. The whole rotation has struggled with Clay Buchholz bouncing back between the bullpen and the rotation. Boston has allowed the most runs in the American League East at 424 and the rotation has an ERA of 4.43.

The Padres’ receive Anderson Espinoza, the top pitching prospect in the Red Sox system. The 18-year-old Venezuelan has the make up of a front line starter and consistently flashes 100+ mph on the gun according to scouts. Espinoza became expandable as Boston managed to agree to terms with first round draft pick, Jason Groome, pending a physical. (per Jon Heyman of MLB network.) The $3.65 million signing bonus was $457,200 over slot value but they had $996,370 extra to work with after signing others to deals under slot value.

The Red Sox now have a head start on the August 1st non-waiver trade deadline as they filled possibly their most glaring need. By acquiring the best available pitcher the Red Sox now only need one more arm for either their bullpen or rotation for their quest of the AL East title.