Dodgers lose All-Star Pitcher who opts for Free Agency

Left-handed relief pitcher and former All-Star Drew Pomeranz has opted out of his deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pomeranz instead opted to become a free agent.

Dodgers insider from The Athletic Fabian Ardaya was one of the first to report. He shared via X.

The 35-year-old signed a minor league deal with Boys in Blue at the end of March. He made five appearances for the Triple-A Oklahoma City Baseball club, but struggled mightily, posting a 10.80 ERA with seven strikeouts over five innings.

It’s been a long road for the former All-Star beyond 2021. Injuries have plagued him, and that’s putting it nicely. Before his injuries, Pomeranz was one of the best relievers in the league, especially with the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres. He was spectacular with the Padres. In his first two years, he made 47 appearances with a 1.62 ERA and walked batters just 11.4% while striking out 33.7% of the time.

However, flexor tendon surgery in August 2021 changed his career from how we know it, and he has never pitched in a big league game since. He spent the remainder of his contract with San Diego’s organization and became a free agent last season.

Pomeranz will look for another team and try to return to a big league mound again. Pomeranz is 35 years old and has been playing in the league since 2011.

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