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Cubs pull off minor move to bolster pitching staff

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Cubs pull off minor move to bolster pitching staff

After weeks -- nay, months -- of build-up, Theo Epstein and the Cubs have finally pulled the trigger on a trade, just under two weeks until the deadline.

But it's not Ryan Dempster or Matt Garza. Not even Alfonso Soriano or Darwin Barney.

The Cubs gave cash to the Boston Red Sox for right-handed reliever Justin Germano.

Germano was pitching for Boston's Triple-A affiliate before they purchased his contract on July. He only appeared for the big-league club once, hurling 5.2 scoreless innings in relief on July 7. He was designated for assignment on July 13.

The 29-year-old has pitched for the Padres, Reds and Indians in addition to the Red Sox. He carries a 4.91 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with 5.6 K9. He has thrown 258.2 big-league innings spanning 80 games, including 36 starts.

His best season came as a reliever with the Indians in '10, in which Germano had a 3.31 ERA and 0.99 WHIP.

Germano was working as a starter in Triple-A, with a 2.40 ERA and .90 WHIP in 16 starts.

He is expected to be available for the Cubs Friday night in St. Louis.

Germano figures to be Plan B in case Dempster -- who is slated to start Friday -- is dealt.

The Cubs designated Jairo Asencio for assignment to make room for Germano on the roster.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?

On the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times), Hub Arkush (ProFootball Weekly) and Jason Goch (SB Nation) join Kap on the panel.

The guys debate which team will finish with a higher draft pick when the season ends: Bulls or Blackhawks?

Plus, hear their reaction to the MLB’s new pace-of-play rule change.

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here:

Cubs Talk Podcast: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey

Spring training baseball games are up around the bend, but before the boys of summer get into organized action, two of the team’s new coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey sit down with Kelly Crull.

Plus, Vinnie Duber joins Kelly to discuss these baseball conversations including the memorable first words of Kyle Schwarber to Chili Davis, “I don’t suck!"

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.