Gonzalez Germen

Read an interesting excerpt from a new book on Mets GM Sandy Alderson


Pretty interesting stuff here from the New York Daily News, who have an excerpt from Steve Kettmann’s new book on Mets general manager Sandy Alderson entitled, “Sandy Alderson: Baseball Maverick, How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets.”

This book will go into Alderson’s time with the A’s and you can certainly argue that the Mets haven’t been “revived” quite yet, but this particular excerpt focused on a game from June 14 last season. While Alderson is measured in most of his public appearances and even jokes about his team’s shortcomings at times, he has some strong reactions to his team’s performance. He’s particularly critical of Chris Young (now with the Yankees) and Gonzalez Germen (now with the Cubs). Here’s part of the tidbit on Germen:

“Why does he think it’s called a changeup?” Alderson groused, getting up to go walk around in the rear portion of the suite and watch on TV.

Warthen came out for a mound conference. Alderson was sure he was out there to remind Germen to establish a fastball. Warthen headed back to the dugout, and Germen peered in for the sign and made his first pitch to Alexi Amarista. It was a changeup.

“Throw a goddamned fastball!” came ringing out from the deep recesses of the suite.

It hardly mattered that Amarista flied out to left or that Germen got out of the inning without further damage. Alderson steamed through the remainder of the game. It was agony, one of the worst days of the year for him. I asked him once what the hardest part of being general manager was, and he did not have to search his thoughts to offer an answer: “The hardest part is living with losses,” he told me. “You live with them on a day-to-day basis during the season and you have to live with them in the offseason. Nobody in baseball goes home happy at the end of the season except if you won the World Series. I know that from personal experience.”

Given the public perception of Alderson, especially among certain disenfranchised Mets fans, it’s almost refreshing to see him from this perspective. Be sure to read the entire excerpt. Really interesting stuff. The book is already available online in various places, if you’re so inclined.

Cubs claim Gonzalez Germen off waivers from the Rangers


Hold on to your hats, folks, because you’re never going to believe this one: reliever Gonzalez Germen has been claimed off waivers. This time, he’ll be going from the Rangers to the Cubs, per ESPN’s Adam Rubin.

In case you’ve not been following Germen-related news this off-season, here’s a synopsis:

  • Through December 14: Germen gainfully employed by the Mets
  • December 15: Mets designate Germen for assignment
  • December 19: Yankees acquire Germen from the Mets for cash considerations
  • January 13: Yankees designate Germen for assignment
  • January 20: Rangers acquire Germen from the Yankees for cash considerations
  • January 21: Rangers designate Germen for assignment (to make room for Carlos Corporan on the 40-man roster)
  • January 23: Cubs claim Germen off waivers from the Rangers

In a little over a month, Germen has been with four organizations and counting. He may not want to sign a lease in Chicago until the dust settles.

Germen, 27, has a career 4.31 ERA and a 64/30 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings in the big leagues.

Rangers acquire Gonzalez Germen from the Yankees


From the official Twitter account of the New York Yankees …

Germen was designated for assignment by the Yankees on January 13 to open up a 40-man roster spot for right-handed reliever Chris Martin, who was acquired off waivers from the Rockies.

Germen, 27, owns a 4.31 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 64/30 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 major league innings.