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Report: Brewers lose Drew Pomeranz to Padres in free agency

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Pomeranz parlays a big second half in Milwaukee into a big free agent contract

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It turns out Zach Davies and Trent Grisham won’t be the only 2019 Milwaukee Brewers joining the 2020 San Diego Padres.

Drew Pomeranz, who the Brewers traded Mauricio Dubon to acquire at this year’s trade deadline (along with Ray Black), is headed back to San Diego on a multiyear deal, according to multiple reports.

We don’t know yet how much Pomeranz’s deal will be worth, but the multiyear commitment likely means it’s fairly significant. With the Atlanta Braves signing Will Smith and Chris Martin early in free agency, Pomeranz was quickly becoming one of -- if not the -- best relief option on the free agent market.

While Pomeranz had success as a starter in San Diego back in 2016, earning his only All-Star nod, he will reporedly stay in the bullpen for the Padres, joining Kirby Yates and a returning Jose Catillo in what might now be one of the best bullpens in the National League.

Of course, that depends on if the transformation we saw from Pomeranz in Milwaukee during the second half of the summer is for real. The lefty was legitimately one of the best relievers in baseball during his short time with the Brewers, striking out an incredible 45 batters in just 26.1 innings and allowing all of 4 earned runs in 25 appearances.

UPDATE:

Robert Murray says Pomeranz’s deal is expected to actually be for 4 years, totaling between $32 million and $36 million.

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