Mauricio Dubon was the biggest trade chip the Brewers had heading into this year’s trade deadline, and it appears they’ve cashed it in.
According to Robert Murray and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Brewers are trading Dubon to the San Francisco Giants for pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black.
Pomeranz bombed out of the Giants rotation this year, but has been better in a handful of bullpen outings lately, striking out 8 batters in 5.1 innings. Given the state of the Brewers’ rotation, it’s entirely possible they give him a shot there, too, despite his 6.10 ERA in 72.1 innings as a starter.
If there’s a positive, it’s that he did rack up the strikeouts, punching out 84 batters in 72.1 innings. The problem was the walks (35) and home runs (17).
He had a bad season last year in Boston, too, but was an important piece for the Red Sox in 2017 when he had a 3.32 ERA in 32 starts and struck out 174 in 173.2 innings.
Black has appeared in 2 games for the Giants this year, but has struck out 36 batters in 22.2 innings while walking 13 in Triple-A Sacramento this year. He doesn’t have a lot of big league experience despite being 29 years old, but he does throw gas.