With Deadline nearing, Sox trade Germano

With Deadline nearing, Sox trade Germano

With Deadline nearing, Sox trade Germano
BOSTON -- The Red Sox traded pitcher Justin Germano to the Cubs for cash considerations on Thursday.

Germano made one appearance with the Red Sox on July 7 vs. the Yankees, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings in relief with seven strikeouts. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday, when Boston activated outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury from the disabled list.

On Thursday, Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino made a radio appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show and said general manager Ben Cherington is "empowered" to make trades before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"I think he has the capacity to do it. When he took the job and in fact since then, we have talked frequently about boldness," Lucchino said. "You've got to know when to be bold and when to be somewhat conservative and methodical. This is a club that has been built on bold moves over the years, going back to the Nomar Garciaparra trade, as one example. There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that Ben Cherington and the entire baseball operations are all pointed to working hard to July 31."

Thursday's trade to Theo Epstein's Cubs was not a "bold" move by any means, but it might not be the only trade Boston makes in the coming weeks.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he likes the way his current team is constructed, though he would not be opposed to any trades that could improve the squad.

"I like my team. I like my pitching. I like our offense, our defense," Valentine said. "If [Cherington] feels that there's a way of improving on what we have, I'll be all for that, too. But I don't see any gaping holes on our team. All I can tell you is that Ben works as hard, as much, as diligently as anybody I've ever been around. If there's something he can do to improve our team, I'm sure he's going to do it. I don't know that there'll be one thing or many things or no things. But I'll guarantee you all avenues will be explored."