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Red Sox Trade Top Pitching Prospect To Padres For Pomeranz

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Anderson Espinoza (Image Source: BaseballAmerica.com)

The Boston Red Sox are in second place, just two games out of first in the AL East behind the Baltimore Orioles and on Thursday evening they added a solid arm to assist in their playoff push.

The San Diego Padres sent lefty starter Drew Pomeranz to the Red Sox and in return they landed Boston’s #4 prospect Anderson Espinoza.

Espinoza, an 18-year old right hander and a native of Venezuela, started his professional career last season moving between the Dominican Summer League, Gulf Coast League and Class-A (Full) and combined he was 0-2, with a 1.23 ERA, with 65 strikeouts in 58.1 innings.

This season prior to the trade, Espinoza still pitching with the Class-A Affiliate Greenville Drive, posted a 5-8 record, with a 4.38 ERA, and 72 strikeouts in 76 innings.

Drew Pomeranz is in his sixth big league season and now joining his fourth team, so far this season he is 8-7, with a 2.47 ERA, and 115 strikeouts in 102 innings.

In 2015, Pomeranz, then with the Oakland A’s started just nine of 53 games he appeared in and was 5-6, with a 3.66 ERA, three saves and 82 strikeouts.

The Red Sox gave up their future for a player that can start and come out of the pen and help them reach the playoffs.

Featured Photo Credit: Kamil Krzacynski / UA TODAY Sports

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