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Boston Red Sox, Drew Pomeranz avoid arbitration with one-year deal

By The Sports Xchange
Boston Red Sox, Drew Pomeranz avoid arbitration with one-year deal
Former Oakland A's pitcher Drew Pomeranz throws to the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California on September 20, 2014. The Phillies defeated the A's 3-0. UPI/Terry Schmitt | License Photo

The Boston Red Sox agreed to terms on Wednesday with left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz on a one-year, $4.45 million contract, thus avoiding salary arbitration.

Left-hander Fernando Abad is the only remaining unsigned Red Sox player eligible for salary arbitration.

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Pomeranz, 28, earned his first career All-Star Game selection in 2016 before being traded by the San Diego Padres to the Red Sox on July 14. Between the two clubs, he was 11-12 with a 3.32 ERA and 186 strikeouts over 170 2/3 innings.

Pomeranz also pitched in the postseason for the first time in his career. He recorded 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians before allowing two runs in 1 1/3 innings out of the bullpen in Game 3.

Pomeranz is 25-36 with a 3.80 ERA in 138 major league games (79 starts) with the Colorado Rockies (2011-13), Oakland Athletics (2014-15), San Diego Padres (2016), and Red Sox (2016).

The Red Sox also claimed outfielder/first baseman Steve Selsky off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.

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Selsky, 27, appeared in 24 games and made nine starts over three stints with the Reds in his major league debut last season, batting .314 with two home runs and seven RBIs.

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