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Cubs acquire Justin Germano, scratch Casey Coleman

Jul 19, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT

Justin Germano AP

It looks like the Cubs are preparing for an inevitable Ryan Dempster trade.

The team today acquired right-hander Justin Germano from the Red Sox for cash considerations and scratched Casey Coleman from his start for Triple-A Iowa.

It’s assumed that Coleman would be promoted to pitch tomorrow against the Cardinals if a Dempster trade gets done before then.

Germano, who was designated for assignment by Boston earlier this week, was 9-4 with a 2.40 ERA and a 72/13 K/BB ratio in 105 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket this season. The veteran right-hander could soak up innings at the back of the rotation or in middle relief once the Cubs trade their prized pitchers.

Coleman made 16 relief appearances for the Cubs earlier this season, but he started eight games in 2010 and 17 last year. The 25-year-old is 7-12 with a 5.70 ERA in 25 starts and 22 relief appearances overall for the club.

  1. petey1999 - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Great opportunity for Germano who has been very good at Pawtucket this year.

  2. norvturnersneck - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    The Cubs are dumping anything but young talent. I love it and look forward to 2-3 years down the road.

  3. oldpaddy - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Nice! I bet cherington saved around half a million!
    Expect the sox make a big splash with that kind of money!

  4. pisano - Jul 19, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    This might be a good move for the Cubs, I saw Germano in long relief against the Yankees and he kept them in check, as a matter of fact he basically shut them down while he was in there. Good luck to him, this could be the start of something good for him.

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