If the offseason before the 2016 MLB regular season, the San Diego Padres traded Yonder Alonso to the Oakland Athletics to make room for Wil Myers to play first base. In return, the team got back pitcher Drew Pomeranz.
This season, Pomeranz has been the Padres’ best starting pitcher, posting a record of 8-7 and an ERA of 2.47. He’s been among the best pitcher in the National League this year, which was reaffirmed with his addition to the All-Star roster on Saturday morning.
After being passed over on Friday in favor of Bartolo Colon, a player from Terry Collins’ own New York Mets’ roster, Pomeranz needed another pitcher on the NL All-Star roster to being pulled from the game. When Noah Syndergaard left Friday’s game with a “dead arm,” it was all the opening Pomeranz needed to get on the team.
Despite being rumored in several trade scenarios this year, Drew Pomeranz is arbitration-eligible but under Padres team control through 2018.