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07/31/2006 10:23 AM ET
Reds acquire LHP Rheal Cormier from Phillies
Send RHP Justin Germano to Philadelphia
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CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky today announced the acquistion of LHP Rheal Cormier from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league RHP Justin Germano.

Krivsky also announced that the Reds and Cormier agreed to a 1-year contract extension through the 2007 season, with a club option for 2008.

Krivsky and Reds manager Jerry Narron will be available to the media today at 4:30 p.m. in the field level interview room at Great American Ball Park.

Cormier will take the roster spot vacated by OF Brandon Watson, who has been optioned to Class AAA Louisville.

Cormier, 38, is 2-2 with a 1.59 ERA in 43 appearances this season and is holding opponents to a .225 batting average. His 1.59 ERA is the lowest among all National League relievers (minimum 25 apps).

In 15 Major League seasons, Cormier has pitched for St. Louis, Boston, Montreal and Philadelphia. He is among the Phillies' all-time leaders in appearances (363, 6th) and relief victories (28, 7th).

Germano, 23, went 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 2 games with Cincinnati and 8-6 with a 3.69 ERA in 18 starts and 1 relief appearance for Louisville. He made his only start of the season in Saturday's 6-3 loss at Milwaukee.

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