Germano signs with Korean baseball team

Germano signs with Korean baseball team

ARLINGTON -- A little more than a week after throwing a perfect game for Triple-A Columbus, pitcher Justin Germano has opted for an opportunity overseas.

On Friday, the Indians announced that Germano had signed with the Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball Organization. Germano's agent asked for and was granted permission from Clevelend to explore other jobs for the right-hander.

According to a report on, the 28-year-old Germano signed with the Lions for $210,000, including a $50,000 bonus.

Germano, who opened this season in the Indians' bullpen, appeared in nine games (5.68 ERA) for the Tribe before being designated for assignment in May. In 16 appearances (six starts) for Columbus, he went 1-2 with a 4.22 ERA. Germano threw a perfect game against Syracuse on July 26.

In six big league seasons, Germano has posted a 5.02 ERA between stints with the Indians, Padres and Reds. Last year, the righty had a 3.31 ERA with 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings across 35 1/3 innings for Cleveland.