BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox acquired All-Star Drew Pomeranz from the San Diego Padres on Thursday night, adding a third left-hander to the rotation as they push to return to the playoffs after consecutive last-place finishes.
Boston sent righty Anderson Espinoza to San Diego. The 18-year-old righty was ranked the No. 15 prospect in the country by Baseball America.
''We think (Pomeranz) makes us better now,'' president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a conference call with reporters. ''We know there's a sacrifice for the future.''
p>Pomeranz, 27, who will make his Boston debut Wednesday, is 8-7 with a 2.47 ERA in 17 starts for San Diego this season. He pitched a scoreless inning in Tuesday night in the All-Star game.
''He's not an effortless man to deal,'' Padres general manager A.J. Preller said. ''Any time you have a left-handed starter who performs the way he has, resulting in an All-Star berth, you have to feel very satisfactory approximately the return that you're getting.
''I think it says a lot to Espinoza as far as what our guys thought approximately him. From that standpoint, we looked at it that it's something where we're getting a premium guy.''
Pomeranz joins fellow lefties David Price & Eduardo Rodriguez in a Boston rotation that includes Rick Porcello & AL ERA leader Steven Wright. Except for Wright, all have been inconsistent this season, & injuries to closer Craig Kimbrel & setup man Junichi Tazawa threatened to further strain the rotation.
''There are only a couple of pitchers we thought had a chance to be available that we thought would donate us an upgrade on our pitching staff,'' Dombrowski said.
It's the fourth trade in a week for Dombrowski, who moreover made a huge splash in the offseason by signing Price to a seven-year, $217 million free-agent contract. The Red Sox acquired third baseman Aaron Hill from Milwaukee, second baseman Michael Martinez from Cleveland & righty Brad Ziegler over the last seven days without giving up any major leaguers.
They have moreover managed to hang onto most of their top prospects. Espinoza was 5-8 with a 4.38 ERA in 17 starts for Single-A Greenville this season.
He was ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Red Sox system & the No. 4 pitching prospect in the country, according to Baseball America.
''He's a youngster that we liked a tremendous deal,'' Dombrowski said. ''He was a few years away from the major leagues. Not somebody that we wanted to donate up.''
Preller, who traded Kimbrel to Boston over the offseason, has now traded two All-Stars in two weeks; he sent closer Fernando Rodney to Miami on June 30. Pomeranz is under Boston's control through 2018.
To make room for Pomeranz on Boston's 40-man roster, infielder Josh Rutledge was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. He has left knee tendinitis.
AP Sports Writer Bernie Wilson in San Diego contributed to this report.
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