PawSox ace Germano mulling his options

July, 2, 2012
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PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Pawtucket Red Sox pitcher Justin Germano had a July 1 opt-out clause in his contract, but he was sitting at his locker stall on Monday at McCoy Stadium.

The right-hander, who is 9-4 with a 2.40 ERA in 17 games (16 starts), still has a 48-hour window to talk with the Boston Red Sox before making a decision to stay with the organization or seek employment elsewhere.

“We still don’t even know yet on that end either because we have to deal with the Red Sox first before we can talk to other teams,” Germano said. “We’re waiting to hear back from them and we’ll go from there.”

Germano has worked a total of 105 innings for the PawSox and has posted 72 strikeouts and only 13 walks. Germano recently was named a Triple-A all-star and will represent Pawtucket at the all-star game next week in Buffalo.

Germano, 29, has more than two years of big league time with the San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. The Red Sox signed him as a minor league free agent last winter, and he was a nonroster invitee to spring training.

“My time in the organization has been fun,” he said. “I’ve had a good time and we’ve got a great team here and winning always makes it more fun to be here. I’m happy with what I’ve been able to put together and I hope I can keep it going, whether it’s here or someone else.

“I know there are a lot of teams hurting for pitching right now and a lot of teams have lost guys and guys who aren’t performing well, so I know there’s opportunity out there, whether or not they’re interested in me is the big question. I’m still part of the Red Sox organization and that’s my priority right now. I’ll deal with them and see what happens and if they don’t have a spot for me, we might have to see what’s out there.”

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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