MESA, Ariz. -- Right-handed pitcher Gonzalez Germen, whom the Cubs claimed off waivers from the Rangers last month and then had to designate for assignment to make room for another pitcher, cleared waivers on Friday. Germen was then outrighted to Triple-A Iowa and will be among the non-roster invitees in Cubs camp.
The Cubs had claimed Germen on Jan. 23, but he was then designated for assignment on Feb. 4 to make room on the 40-man roster for left-hander Drake Britton, who was claimed off waivers from the Red Sox.
Germen has been a popular pitcher on the transaction wire. On Dec. 15, he was designated for assignment by the Mets, then traded to the Yankees four days later. The right-hander was then designated for assignment on Jan. 13 and traded to the Rangers on Jan. 20, before the Cubs claimed him.
Germen, 27, is 1-2 with one save and a 4.31 ERA in 54 relief appearances over the last two seasons with the Mets. He has struck out 64 batters over 64 2/3 innings and held right-handed hitters to a .229 batting average.
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