Earlier tonight the Padres announced that they've come to terms with catcher Derek Norris. Now they've done the same with Drew Pomeranz, avoiding salary arbitration with the newly acquired pitcher.
San Diego acquired Pomeranz, along with lefty pitcher Jose Torres, at the beginning of last December in a deal that sent first baseman Yonder Alonso and reliever Marc Rzepczynski to the Athletics. The southpaw has spent time on the mound as both a starter and reliever over his last two seasons. We're still unsure what his role will be in 2016 with the Padres, but he's done markedly better as a reliever in the past and there's a good chance he will land there.
This was Pomeranz' first year as an arbitration-eligible player. He was projected, by MLB Trade Rumors, to earn $1.3 million in 2016, and he got a little more than that in his one-year deal with the Padres.
Drew pomeranz, padres settle at $1.35M— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 15, 2016
Again, Friday is the deadline for players and teams to exchange salary figures and come to an agreement. The Padres still have yet to come to terms with Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross, who are projected to earn $7.0 million and $10.0 million, respectively, in 2016. If the parties are unable to come to terms, arbitration hearings will then take place during the first three weeks of February.