The Red Sox have traded AAA pitcher Justin Germano to the Cubs for large bags of cash appropriately marked with big dollar signs. Well, maybe not large bags, but it is probably more than I will make over the next 30 years.
On Thursday, Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino made a radio appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show and said general manager Ben Cherington is "empowered" to make trades before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
"I think he has the capacity to do it. When he took the job and in fact since then, we have talked frequently about boldness," Lucchino said. "You've got to know when to be bold and when to be somewhat conservative and methodical. This is a club that has been built on bold moves over the years, going back to the Nomar Garciaparra trade, as one example. There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that Ben Cherington and the entire baseball operations are all pointed to working hard to July 31."
Germano made 1 appearance with the Red Sox, a 5 2/3 inning shut-out performance against the Yankees on July 7. That was one of his few good outings in the majors. Germano has a career 8-20 record, with a WHIP of 1.38.
I won't miss him.