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.
Yesterday free agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki held a workout in California and representatives from at least eleven teams were on hand, reports Tim Brown of Yahoo. Among the clubs present: the Giants — who were said to have a “heavy presence,” including team president Farhan Zaidi and manager Bruce Bochy — the Angels, Red Sox, Cubs, Padres, White Sox, Orioles, Yankees, Phillies, Tigers and Pirates.
Your first reaction to that may be “Um, really? For Tulowitzki?” But a moment’s reflection makes it seem more sensible. We’re so tied up in thinking of a player through the filter of their contract and, when we’ve done that with Tulowitzki over the past several years, it has made him seem like an albatross given the $20 million+ a year he was earning to either not play or play rather poorly due to injuries.
It was just the contract that was the albatross, though, right? An almost free Tulowitzki — which he will be given that the Blue Jays are paying him $38 million over the next two seasons — is a different matter. If you sign him it’ll be for almost no real money and he stands a chance to be an average or maybe better-than-average shortstop, which is pretty darn valuable. You might even get one quirky late career return-to-near-glory season from him, in which case you’ve hit the lottery. If, however, as seems more likely, he just can’t get it done at all, you’re not out anything and you can cut him with little or no pain.
Eleven teams think he’s at least a look-see. I bet one of them will offer him a major league deal. Maybe more than one. He’ll probably have his pick of non-roster invites to spring training. I can’t see the downside to at least doing that much.