From the Wire … Cubs Acquire Justin Germano from the Red Sox, Designate Jairo Asencio for Assignment

Following Thursday’s game, the Cubs announced they acquired right-handed pitcher Justin Germano from the Boston Red Sox for cash considerations. To make room on the active roster and 40-man roster for Germano, the Cubs designated Jairo Asencio for assignment. The Cubs 40-man roster remains at 40 players with Thursday’s roster moves.

The Red Sox designated Justin Germano for assignment on July 13 after just one appearance. Germano signed a minor league deal with the Sox on January 10 and Boston added him to their 40-man roster on July 4. Germano pitched in just one game for the Sox and did not allow a run in 5 2/3 innings. Germano struck out seven, walked two and surrendered five hits to the Yankees on July 7.

Justin Germano, a 29-year old right-hander (August 6, 1982), was selected by the Padres in the 13 round of the 2000 draft. Germano spent 2010 and 2011 with the Cleveland Indians and was 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP in nine games last season.

Justin Germano spent the beginning of the season in Triple-A. In 17 games, 16 starts, for Pawtucket, Germano posted a 9-4 record with a 2.40 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. In 105 innings, Germano gave up 82 hits, walked 13 and struck out 72.

Justin Germano’s Page on Baseball-Reference

The Cubs claimed Jairo Asencio off waivers from the Cleveland Indians on June 1. Asencio did not have a decision in 12 appearances for Dale Sveum. Asencio allowed 12 hits, walked 11 and struck out eight in 14 2/3 innings (3.07 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP).

Jairo Asencio’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Justin Germano is expected to join the Cubs in St. Louis in time for Friday’s opener.

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  • Zonk

    Why not I guess…he’s pitched for alot of clubs already, probably not much to see here. Another bargain basement try.
    I think it’s a good strategy though. Here are the “free” players we have picked-up the last few months. When you do that, not all of them work out, but sometimes you get a couple hits, and I think the Cubs have:
    NICE PICKUPS:
    Shawn Camp
    Manny Corpas
    Luis Valbuena
    OH WELL…NOTHING LOST:
    Michael Bowden (counting him)
    Jairo Asencio
    Mike MacDougall
    Kuo (Dodgers reliever)
    Again, most don’t work out, but it turns out we filled part of our bullpen for “free” basically. Not too shabby.

    • triple

      Further proof that it isn’t so necessary to spend a bunch of money for middle relief.

  • John_CC

    Looks like a pick-up to fill a spot … Dempster deal is close…