Red Sox Designate Justin Germano For Assignment

The Red Sox will designate Justin Germano for assignment, Jon Heyman of reports (on Twitter). Boston will reinstate Jacoby Ellsbury from the disabled list in a related move, Jim Bowden of and MLB Network Radio adds (on Twitter).

Germano, 29, appeared in one game for the Red Sox this year, pitching 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief six days ago. He has spent most of the season as a starter for Boston's Triple-A affiliate and has a 2.40 ERA with 6.2 K/9 and 1.1 BB/9 in 105 innings at Pawtucket.

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  1. sounds like a good Padres reclamation project!

  2. Devern Hansack 3 years ago

    That’s too bad. I thought it would have been Gomez or Pimentel.

  3. Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

    Welcome back Jacoby!!!

  4. soxin10 3 years ago

    Sounds like the sox are not confident in middlebrooks health because they should have sent Gomez who I believe has options. They will lose Germano, maybe get something in return.

    Ditto welcome back Jacoby

  5. They needed to kick someone off the 40 man.  So options on Gomez doesn’t matter here.
    They need to trade some outfielders and some relief pitchers for prospects.  They still have to get rid of 4 players off the 40 man.

    • Crucisnh 3 years ago

      Yeah, this has been a problem that’s been brewing for a while now, i.e. the upcoming crunch on the 40 man roster.  Putting guys on the 60 day DL is nice because they don’t count against the 40 MR.  But if you’ve filled up the 40 MR in those players’ absence, then when they start returning from the 60 day DL, you have to start making moves to clear space on the 40 MR for them.  I’m a little surprised that the Sox haven’t made a minor trade or 2 before now to help clear space on the 40 MR.

      • drjayphd 3 years ago

        If my memory serves me correctly… (bites into raw pepper, maniacal grin) you have to fill up the 40-man roster before you can put people on the 60-day DL. There’s no reason you can’t keep someone on the 15-day DL longer than 60 days if you have the roster space, so there’s no reason to open up the 60-day DL (and the option to free up a 40-man roster spot) if you don’t have to.

        • Crucisnh 3 years ago

          The Red Sox had filled up the 40MR. And they had/have a fair number of guys on the 60 day DL besides.

  6. mstrchef 3 years ago

    Germano sounds like a useful guy. Maybe he found something since his last extended stay in the majors. As an O’s fan, I have to wonder if he’s better than the Jamie Moyers and Dontrelle Willises and JC Romeros we’ve signed this year off the waiver wire.

  7. whosurpapa 3 years ago

    He pitched well in AAA 2.40 era for over 100 innings. I prefer him over fat albers.

  8. melonis_rex 3 years ago

    The A’s should really claim him (and be stockpiling RHRP when they’re freely available as a whole)

    He’s better than Jim Miller and at this stage probably Pedro Figueroa, and either way, its a good depth move.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      He did have a decent half season at AAA, but look over his 10+ year MiLB record, as well as his previous 200+ MLB record and it is not very good. Boston had (has) better options at Pawtucket still and better RP on the roster. Albers, Atchison, Padilla, Melencon he wasn’t going to take the place of and they still have Tazawa and Mortenson, plus Alex Wilson on the farm with no spot.

      It was a roster crunch. Had Germano not pulled that opt out on 7/1, he wouldn’t have gotten in a MLB game with the team period.

  9. Karkat 3 years ago

    “Hey thanks for that big assist during that game with the Yankees that saved the bullpen during a doubleheader. Now don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” –Red Sox front office

  10. drjayphd 3 years ago

    Yeah, of all the players the Red Sox could’ve loaded into a rocket and shot into the sun, Germano wouldn’t be one of them. I hope the only reason he’s being D’edFA is that he’s out of options and they want to keep him at AAA as an “in case of bullpen emergency, break glass” long man/spot starter. But considering his performance against the Yankees, I doubt he’d make it through waivers.

    Speaking of which, here’s an idea I just thought of: would it be a good idea for MLB to allow teams to transfer option years between players? For instance, if you have a player who you know WILL stick in the majors, but they have options left, you can move one of their option years to a marginal player who you want to shuttle between AAA and the majors as needed. Obviously, there’d have to be some cost involved, but I’m not sure what that should be.

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