SF Giants Sign 11-Year Veteran Lefty After 3 Years Out of MLB

The San Francisco Giants are desperate for some bullpen help. So desperate, in fact, that they've signed a former veteran left-hander who hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2021. 

It's a one-year major league deal for 35-year-old Drew Pomeranz. After signing minor-league deals with first the Los Angeles Angels and then the Los Angeles Dodgers this past spring in an attempt to make a comeback, Pomeranz was recently released from his Dodgers pact after they failed to call him up.

The southpaw bounced between starting and relieving throughout most of his 11-year major league career but was last seen as a lockdown reliever for the San Diego Padres in the 2020 and 2021 seasons. He registered a 1.65 ERA over that span with better than 12 strikeouts per nine innings. 

But flexor tendon surgery ended his '21 campaign prematurely, and an elbow procedure got in the way of any comeback attempts the past two seasons. 

Across 289 big league appearances, Pomerantz compiled a 3.91 ERA, while striking out 9.3 batters per nine. He did spend some time with the Giants in 2019, but it was, shall we say, less than successful. In 17 starts, he recorded a 2-9 record with a 5.68 ERA. Nevertheless, they're ready to give him another shot. 

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