It appears that Joe Randa has been traded (reported by ESPN). Acquired from San Diego are minor leaguers Justin Germano (22) and Travis Chick (21), both are starting pitchers.
Germano, who was assigned to Triple-A Louisville, was ranked by Baseball America as the Padres’ seventh-best prospect before the trade. This season, he went 7-6 with a 3.60 ERA in 19 starts with Triple-A Portland.
Germano did have one stint with the Padres last season. He went 1-2 with an 8.86 ERA in seven games, five of them starts.
Chick might be the best catch for the Reds in the future, though. The young right-hander was ranked the fourth-best prospect in the Padres organization by Baseball America before the deal. His fastball was rated tops in the Padres organization.
This season, Chick went 2-9 with a 5.36 ERA in Double-A Mobile.
So at least we got 2 decent arms for Randa it appears. Perhaps some one with more access to BA or BP can provide some more information on these two arms the Reds have acquired.
On the flip side, I’d have to admit it will be a shame to see Randa go. I was skeptical of his signing at the start of the year, but Joe turned out to be a pleasant addition to the ballclub. Even though he was misplaced in the lineup at times during the year, he was a class act and a good Red.