Pat Gillick is making a habit of trading players for absolutely nothing. The latest move means the Phillies have nothing to show for last season’s trade of Rheal Cormier.
Germano, a 24-year-old right-hander with upside, was acquired from the Reds and spent most of the season in Triple-A. In hindsight, organizational filler, or even a bag of yo-yos, would have been better. Germano, who’d been in the mix for a spot in the bullpen, was out of options and would have needed to clear waivers and accept an assignment to the minors. He can do better; he could still develop into a useful back-of-the-rotation starter. Apparently, the Phillies felt he wouldn't help their bullpen more than Clay Condrey, Jim Ed Warden, Zach Segovia, Joe Bisenius and the other remaining candidates.
A control pitcher who keeps the ball in the park, Germano is 69-51 with a 3.69 ERA over seven minor league seasons, and has appeared in nine big league games including six starts. Germano is returning to the team that first drafted him back in 2000.
Germano becomes the latest Phillies’ trade acquisition to vanish into nothing, the last being Ricardo Rodriguez, who was acquired from the Texas Rangers in the Vicente Padilla deal. Rodriguez never made it past spring training and was cut, while Padilla had his best season in three years and was rewarded with a long-term contract.
In an ironic twist, the Phillies find themselves in need of a left-handed specialist not unlike Rheal Cormier. What great laughs we're having!