Phillies lose Germano to Padres

Though it apparently hasn’t been confirmed yet by Phillies.com, Justin Germano was placed on waivers and claimed by the Padres, according to beerleaguer. This move, if true, is disappointing on two fronts. First, Germano was acquired for Rheal Cormier last summer. Cormier, at the time, had to have at least some value, and getting a guy who was out of MLB options, if you didn’t plan on keeping him around, probably wasn’t the smartest move. Second, Germano is younger than some of the other options (Condrey and Warden) and though he isn’t a prime prospect, was still in the 20-30 range, and still could have helped down the road in some capacity, whether it be as a reliever or an emergency starter.

The Phillies bullpen is in disarray right now, and it’s hard to see how this move can be viewed as an improvement. It isn’t like losing a top prospect, but it still stings when it seems this could have been avoided. Interestingly, Germano was traded by San Diego to Cincinnati, and is now returning back to the place he got his start. Best of luck to him going forward.
UPDATE ——-> Sportingnews has the article and this quote from Germano

“I’m pretty shocked,” Germano said soon after assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. informed him of the move. “I thought I was right there. I had one bad inning. I knew they didn’t expect me to be perfect every time out.”

5 thoughts on “Phillies lose Germano to Padres

  1. No clue why they didn’t wait till the end of ST when every team has a roster squeeze and its more likely that a guy can slip through waivers unclaimed.

  2. I echo Andy’s point, and it further annoys me that none of the stories today had so much as a quote from Gillick, Amaro, Arbuckle or anyone else explaining what they were thinking in trying to get him through now. Just a stupid and needless mistake on the Phillies’ part.

  3. I’m not so sure the end of ST is the best time to try to slip a guy through waivers. A lot of teams are in the middle of evaluating their own versions of Jim Ed and Justin and Iowa Joe and Zach. They may not wish to further complicate the issue by looking at another fairly marginal talent.

    I like Germano and would have been happy if Gillick could have figured out a way to hang on to him. But it looks like they decided Germano wasn’t going to Philly with the big club in April and figured now was as good a time as any to try the old sneak him through waivers trick.

    Germano is a nice pitcher but he isn’t THAT good. I bet Jim Ed, who throws hard and from a different angle, is the odds on favorite to snag that last spot in the pen. He started out pretty badly but the Phils may be just looking at his heater and his movement and seeing good things. Like a 2007 version of a Bobby Jenks or Derrick Turnbow of a few years ago.

  4. Oh my. I gues you can’t edit this stuff once it’s posted. Anyway, as a clarification: I meant to say right now teams are in the middle of evaluating yadda, yadda, yadda.

    As opposed to the end of ST when teams have decided they don’t like what they have for their last bullpen spot and would be more likely to grab a Germano. I’m just guessing regarding this anyway since I can’t see into the minds of the guys who make these decisions. But it makes a little bit of sense to me anyway.

  5. At the end of ST, teams have their 25 man rosters mostly set and they’re in the process of cutting people themselves. They’re less likely to take a flyer on a guy they haven’t had in their own camp.

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