Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Red Sox Sign Justin Germano
Well, the Red Sox just keep on making minor signings-- I guess Ben Cherington is looking for a diamond in the rough. Last night, the Red Sox came to terms with reliever Justin Germano. Germano pitched 9 games with the Indians last year, going 0-1/5.68/5, as well as a 4.92 FIP and 6.08 xFIP. His strikeout and walk rates will need some work, as both clocked in at exactly 3.55. He actually finished last season with the Samsung Lions of Korea last year, however. He fared much better with the Indians in 2010, however, when he put together an 0-3/3.31/29 stat line with a 4.83 FIP and 4.08 xFIP. That year, his strikeout and walk rates were normal, at 7.39 and 2.04, respectively. This is likely a very minor signing, and Germano is unlikely to make an impact at the major league level. However, in spring training he could be one of the Bowden/Doubront/Jenks/Tazawa competing for a bullpen spot. This is not a very big move in all likelihood though.