The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Gonzalez Germen (pronounced jer-MEHN) from the New York Yankees in exchange for cash considerations.
Germen, 27, was designated for assignment by the Yankees on January 13. The Yankees had acquired him in a December 19 trade for cash considerations after Germen was designated for assignment by the New York Mets on December 15. He had no record and a 4.75 ERA (16 ER/30.1 IP) in 25 relief appearances for the Mets last season, including 2 outings against the Rangers during a July series in New York. Germen missed over a month on the disabled list in 2014 due to a virus and abscess.
He has made 54 major league appearances the past two seasons with the Mets, going 1-2 with a 4.31 ERA (31 ER/64.2 IP) while averaging 8.9 strikeouts per 9 innings and holding right-handed batters to a .229 (33-144) average. Germen was originally signed by the Mets as a non-drafted free agent in 2007.
With today's trade, the Rangers now have a full 40-man roster.