Days before the July 31 MLB trade deadline, it's still a mystery if the Giants will be buyers, sellers or stand pat. As they continue to contend in the NL wild-card race, a surprising veteran has other teams calling the front office.
The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Monday that the Giants are "drawing sudden interest" in left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz.
Per sources, #SFGiants drawing sudden interest in LH Drew Pomeranz, who since moving to ‘pen has struck out six in 4 1/3 shutout innings, allowing only one baserunner. Team's LH relievers also include W. Smith, Watson, with Suarez, Selman at Triple A. At least one could be moved.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 29, 2019
The 30-year-old is just 2-9 with a 5.75 ERA this season, but he's been a whole different pitcher since the Giants moved him to the bullpen. Pomeranz has struck out six batters over 4 2/3 scoreless innings as a reliever and hasn't allowed a single hit.
That's quite the difference compared to a 6.10 ERA as a starter.
The Giants already have plenty of left-handed options out of the 'pen, and have lefties in Triple-A Sacramento who can quickly contribute. Moving Pomeranz could make a ton of sense, though it could be tough losing someone who has played a key role lately for the red-hot Giants.
Time is ticking away before the trade deadline, and Pomeranz's time as a Giant could be coming to an end.