The Cubs claimed left-handed reliever Drake Britton off waivers from the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday to bolster the bullpen corps.
Britton, 25, was 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 25 relief appearances with the Red Sox covering the last two seasons, and he has held left-handed hitters to a .643 OPS. In 2014, he made seven big league appearances without allowing a run, but he spent most of the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he posted a 5.86 ERA and five saves in 45 games.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Texas product was a 23rd-round Draft pick of the Red Sox in 2007, when current Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was Boston's general manager.
To clear space on a full 40-man roster for Britton, the Cubs designated for assignment well-traveled right-hander Gonzalez Germen. Previously this offseason, Germen had been designated for assignment by the Mets on Dec. 15 and traded to the Yankees on Dec. 19, then designated for assignment by the Yankees on Jan. 13 and traded to the Rangers on Jan. 20. The Cubs claimed him off waivers from the Rangers on Jan. 23.
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