Drew Pomeranz was 17-6 with a 3.32 earned run average for the Red Sox in 2017 and pitched a career-best 173⅔ innings.
The Sox nearly doubled his salary for 2018, signing the lefthander for $8.5 million. Pomeranz was another strong season away from free agency and a big payday.
He instead struggled mightily, lost his spot in the starting rotation, and did not pitch in the playoffs. Pomeranz on Wednesday agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the San Francisco Giants.
The 30-year-old could earn an additional $3.5 million in incentives. Pomeranz would get $500,000 for making the team out of spring training. There is an additional $1 million in roster bonuses and $2 million based on innings and starts.
Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Pomeranz will be tried as a starter.
Pomeranz was 2-6 with a 6.08 ERA in 26 games for the Sox last season. He was dropped from the rotation in early August.
Beyeler with Orioles
Former Red Sox first base coach and minor league manger Arnie Beyeler was named first base coach of the Baltimore Orioles. Beyeler was with the Sox from 2000-02 and again from 2007-14. Former Sox pitcher John Wasdin joined the Orioles as bullpen coach . . . The Cincinnati Reds rehired former Sox manager John Farrell as a pitching consultant . . . The Sox released six minor leaguers: righthanders Taylor Ahearn, Austin Glorius, and Lukas Young; first baseman Trey Ganns; third baseman Jordan Betts; and outfielder Johnny Bladel.