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Germano joins Sox, expects to be relief option

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Germano joins Sox, expects to be relief option

OAKLAND -- As expected, Justin Germano joined the Red Sox Wednesday, taking the roster spot of Clayton Mortensen, who was optioned to Pawtucket late Tuesday night.

Germano, like Aaron Cook earlier this season, had an opt-out clause (July 1), which helped forced the Red Sox hand.

"I think (the opt-out) helped,'' said Germano. "It definitely put a little bit of pressure on them. I just kind of wanted to see where they were at, and if they felt they had a place for me and if they didn't, (I would have had) to look elsewhere to see if there's a better opportunity for me.''

Germano started for Pawtucket and compiled a 9-4 mark with a 2.40 ERA in 17 games, all but one of them starts.

"He was the best pitcher on their staff down there,'' said Bobby Valentine, "giving six or seven innings every time he goes out. I guess I'll use him as a long man.''

"I've been extremely happy (with the way I've pitched),'' Germano said. "This game's all about being consistent and I've been able to string together 15-16 consistent starts. I've had a couple of rough ones, but I've been able to bounce back. All I really try to do is stay on that even plain.''

Germano last pitched Saturday, and is available to pitch Wednesday.

"I assume I would be a bullpen option for now,'' he said. "We'll see what happens somewhere down the road. I've gotten accustomed to (pitching in relief) the last couple of years with Cleveland, so I think it will be easy to adapt back to that.''

Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

UPDATE: The deal is for three years, per Ken Rosenthal.

BOSTON — We’re just waiting on an announcement now.

A pair of national reports on Saturday afternoon, one from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal... 

...And another from MLB Network and FanRagSports.com's Jon Heyman...

have firmed up Alex Cora’s expected hiring as Red Sox manager. Both reported that Cora, the Astros bench coach, is expected to take the job once Houston's season ends, which could come as soon as Saturday night after Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. 

Heyman reported a contract offer has already been made to Cora. 

A baseball source said this week that there was “not a doubt” Cora, the Astros bench coach, would wind up with the Red Sox gig. It’s unclear when exactly the offer was made to him, but one had not been made as of midday Wednesday, the source said. 

Cora, 41, a former Red Sox infielder (2005-08) who's also worked in the media and is the most sought-after managerial candidate at the moment, appeared the front-runner since the outset of what proved a small search for the Red Sox.

Earlier, Boston Globe reported that the Washington Nationals were interested in Cora after they fired Dusty Baker on Friday. 

 

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

The Washington Nationals will ask to speak to Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora after the ALCS, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reported, which could throw a wrench into the Red Sox' plans to name Cora their manager.

The Sox appeared close to naming Cora to replace John Farrell after the Astros season is finished, NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich reported earlier this week. Then the Nats decided to part ways with manager Dusty Baker after consecutive N.L. East titles but Division Series flameouts.

Cora, 41, as Cafardo points out, was once offered a player development job with the Nats, who were the last team he played for (2011) in his 14-plus years as a major league infielder, including 2005-08 with the Red Sox. 

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo obviously has a fondness for Cora, telling MLB.com in 2011:

"I think it comes natural to him to be a teacher. Alex still has a lot left in his tank as a player. But he has my number, and when he’s done playing, he can make a call. It will be well-received."

After interviewing Cora, ex-Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and Ron Gardenhire, who took the Tigers job this week, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told WEEI.com that he was still "undecided" if he'll interview anyone else.