Red Sox Add More Depth With Justin Germano

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Justin Germano and catcher Carlos Santana celebrate the Indians tenth inning win over the Kansas City Royals in their MLB American League baseball game in Kansas City, Missouri, April 18, 2011.

New Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington continues to add low cost pitching depth just a day after adding Aaron Cook to mix.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting that the Red Sox have signed right hander Justin Germano to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.. Heyman stated that Germano turned down more money in Korea where he finished the 2011 season.

Germano actually started the 2011 season with the Cleveland Indians where he was 0-1 with a 5.68 in nine appearances. He was with Triple-A Columbus but then he headed to Korea to play for the Samsung Lions when the Indians sold his contract to them.

Germano threw a perfect game for the Columbus Clippers while he was there on July 26, 2011 against the Syracuse Chiefs.

In parts of six seasons in the big leagues with the San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds and Indians, Germano is 8-20 with a 5.02 ERA in 79 appearances (36 starts). He spent the 2009 season in Japan with the Fukuoka Hawks where he was 5-4 with a 4.38 ERA in 14 games.

My guess is that Germano, if he decides to stay stateside, will start the 2012 season in Triple-A with the Pawtucket Red Sox.

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