Pomer­anz agrees to $1.5M deal with Gi­ants

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports - BY JANIE MCCAULEY

Drew Pomer­anz is ea­ger to re­turn to his top form from two years ago and for­get an in­jury-short­ened year in 2018.

The left-han­der agreed Wed­nes­day to a $1.5 mil­lion, one-year con­tract with the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants to pro­vide depth in their ro­ta­tion, and the deal in­cludes $3.5 mil­lion in pos­si­ble ros­ter and per­for­mance bonuses.

Pomer­anz is very fa­mil­iar with the NL West, hav­ing pitched for Colorado and San Diego, and also knows the Bay Area. He spent the 2014-15 sea­sons with Oak­land.

“The big thing for me was op­por­tu­nity,” Pomer­anz said.

Pomer­anz pitched the past three years with Bos­ton. He won a ca­reer-high 17 games for the Red Sox in 2017. But he went 2-6 with a 6.08 ERA last sea­son and was limited to 11 starts and 26 ap­pear­ances for the World Se­ries cham­pi­ons be­cause of two stints on the dis­abled list – first with a strained left fore­arm fol­lowed by bi­ceps ten­dini­tis in his pitch­ing arm.

He did not pitch in the World Se­ries but was on the ros­ter. If he can stay healthy, the 30-year-old Pomer­anz gives the Gi­ants a re­li­able arm in the ro­ta­tion af­ter two in­jury-plagued years by starters Madi­son Bum­gar­ner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Sa­mardz­ija.

Pomer­anz will be built up as a starter come spring train­ing next month but also could be used out of the bullpen as needed.

“You go back to 2016 and ‘17 he was one of the best left-handed starters in base­ball, made 30-plus starts both of those years, put up re­ally good num­bers,” said Farhan Zaidi, new Gi­ants pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions.

Pomer­anz be­gan his throw­ing pro­gram ear­lier this off­sea­son.

The Gi­ants also re-signed lefty Derek Hol­land last week for one year and $ 7 mil­lion, so they have depth in the ro­ta­tion – and that’s some­thing Zaidi ap­pre­ci­ates given how many in­juries the staff has dealt with re­cently.

While Sa­mardz­ija’s throw­ing pro­gram “con­tin­ues to go great,” ques­tions re­main about how he will per­form ini­tially and how durable he will be. All in­di­ca­tions are he will be ready for spring train­ing and the start of the sea­son, but the Gi­ants are be­ing cau­tious in ex­pect­ing him to be able to make 32 to 34 starts.

Pomer­anz can earn $1.5 mil­lion in ac­tive ros­ter bonuses: $500,000 for open­ing day, $250,000 each for 90 and 120 days and $500,000 for 150 days.

He also has $500,000 in in­nings bonuses: $250,000 each for 25 and 50. And he has $1.5 mil­lion in bonuses for starts: $125,000 each for two, four, six and eight; $100,,000 apiece for 10, 14, 16, 18, 20, 24, 27 and 30, and $200,000 for 32.

“Ob­vi­ously ex­cited for an­other fresh start,” Pomer­anz said. “Last sea­son for me per­son­ally was kind just one of those years where I just had to suck it up and fight through it and know that’s not the nor­mal me, it was just a fluke year kind of deal. I’ve worked re­ally hard this off­sea­son at get­ting back to where I was the pre­vi­ous years. I feel pretty good about where I’m at right now.”

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