Monday, July 31, 2006

Just as I was about to ...

cue the sound of crickets chirping on deadline day, the Reds complete a deal.

They've acquired left-handed reliever Rheal Cormier from the Phillies in exchange for Justin Germano.

They've also agreed to a one-year contract extension with Cormier through the 2007 season, with a club option for 2008.

Brandon Watson was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to make room for Cormier who is 2-2 with a 1.59 ERA in 43 appearances this season. He owns the lowest ERA among NL relievers.

There is a 4:30 p.m. press conference scheduled to discuss the deal for Cormier and ... ?

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