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Why you shouldn't discount a Drew Pomeranz return to the Red Sox

Rob Bradford
November 07, 2018 - 2:49 pm

Low risk, high reward.

It's what every team is looking for when scouring through the free agent market. That's why Drew Pomeranz's existence should be of some interest to the Red Sox.

"We’ll see what happens," the free agent lefty pitcher told "I literally have no idea what to expect, or where to expect it, here or anywhere else. I have no idea.

"I have no idea what their thought process is. I know I have a good relationship with everyone here. They believe I’m going to have a much better year next year, but I don’t know how that fits in with this organization. I would love to be here. It’s the best group of guys I’ve ever been around. I’ve also moved around so many times you understand it’s a business and you have to make the best decision for yourself and see what opportunities are given to you."

Most would discount Pomeranz as an option to return to the Red Sox considering his struggles throughout 2018. Twenty-six appearances. Eleven starts. A 6.08 ERA. Not good.

It's why almost every projection for the 30-year-old free agent pitcher has him settling for a one-year deal this offseason. But that's exactly why the Red Sox' interest remains a possibility.

There are undoubtedly some in the organization that believes that Pomeranz turned a corner at the tail-end of 2018 season, hence the willingness to add him to the World Series roster. (And, yes, there were three different occasions he was slated to go in the game but due to home runs -- Jackie Bradley Jr. and Max Muncy in Game 3, Mitch Moreland in Game 4 -- the chance came and went.)

This is the same guy who went 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA just the year before. If there is a semblance of that pitcher available then something along the lines of one year, $7 million is certainly worth the risk,  particularly if a perceived top-of-the-rotation starter (such as Nathan Eovaldi) isn't reeled in.

Maybe Pomeranz wants a clearer path to clear-cut innings with another team if he is riding a one-year deal. But at the same time, the familiarity with pitching coaches Dana LeVangie and Brian Bannister, along with the Red Sox' faith in his abilities, makes a return something palatable for both sides.

"I felt normal. I felt back to myself,"  Pomeranz said regarding the finish to his season. "I kept working during the whole playoffs. They told me to stay ready so I acted like I was pitching every day. They wouldn’t have put me on the roster if they didn’t think I was able to help or back to myself again. I think they all saw I was feeling good, and feeling great. I’m happy about finishing up that way from a confidence standpoint because I know where to pick up next year, wherever that is."

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