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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Report: Rangers showing interest in Drew Pomeranz

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Padres lefty Drew Pomeranz has turned some heads with his strong performance on the mound this season, and one team with its neck craned is the Texas Rangers.

According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Tuesday, the Rangers are showing interest in acquiring Pomeranz, who was just named to this year’s NL All-Star Team.

Pomeranz, 27, has been quietly brilliant for San Diego this year with a record of 8-7, a 2.47 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, and 115 strikeouts in 17 starts. The move to a pitcher’s haven in Petco Park has benefited him greatly, but he has been spectacular nonetheless by keeping the walks down and improving his off-speed pitches.

The Rangers, who are leading the AL West with a 54-36 record on the year, might be able to get Pomeranz more run support (his 3.53 average runs of support per start ranks 13th-worst in the MLB amongst qualified starters, per ESPN) to help counteract the move to a more hitter-friendly ballpark. They also have a need in the back-end of their rotation with Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, and Colby Lewis all currently injured.

General manager Jon Daniels has expressed interest in upgrading the team’s bullpen before the August 1 trade deadline as well, so it appears as though the Rangers may be looking to bulk up on pitching depth for the stretch run.

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H/T Rotoworld

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