27-year old starting pitcher Drew Pomernz has been a revelation for the San Diego Padres this season, putting up an All-Star caliber first half of the season after being traded in the offseason for 1B Yonder Alonso.
As of today, Pomeranz ranks among the MLB leaders in ERA (4th), hits per 9 innings (3rd), strikeouts per 9 innings (9th), and fielding-independent pitching (9th).
While the very talented lefty is under team control (through arbitration) for two more seasons, the Padres are building towards the future and could be willing to part with a good pitcher now if it yields them a couple of great prospects that would boost the team into championship contention in two or three years.
A.J. Preller was an Assistant General Manager with the Texas Rangers before taking over the General Manager job with the Padres a year and a half ago, so he would certainly have an intimate knowledge of the team’s farm system. Should he be reunited with a few top-level prospects that he’s a fan of, Padres fans could see Pomeranz moved before the August 1st MLB Trading Deadline this year.