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J.C. Romero may bolt Nationals to sign with Yankees

Jul 13, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

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Veteran left-hander J.C. Romero signed a minor league contract with the Nationals at the end of June. Since then, he’s registered cool a 1.29 ERA in five relief appearances at Triple-A Syracuse, allowing only one earned run in seven innings.

He wants that impressive two-week stretch rewarded by the Nats’ front office. And soon.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Romero’s “intention” is to opt of his contract with the Nationals on July 15 if he is not promoted to the major leagues. The 35-year-old would then sign a minor league deal with the Yankees and report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilke-Barre with the hope of donning pinstripes for the stretch run and possibly the playoffs.

The Nats would do well to promote Romero now, see if he shines in a short stay in the bigs, and then shop him around to reliever-needy teams at the deadline. Just about every contending club could use a lefty reliever.

Romero had a 3.86 ERA and was holding left-handed hitters to a .530 OPS in 24 outings before his release.

  1. jeffhink - Jul 13, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    he Phillies should take a look at this guy. Their bullpen is pretty thin right now. He seems solid.

  2. garryjercia - Jul 13, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    The phils cut this guy loose ’cause he can’t handle it in the bigs. I hope the yanks blow some cash on him, cause he certainly isn’t going to scare them in October

    • pisano - Jul 13, 2011 at 11:15 PM

      He may not scare anyone in October, but your grammar skills are scarring the hell out of me.

      • Ari Collins - Jul 14, 2011 at 3:19 AM

        I think it’s a rule of the internet that you can’t make fun of someone’s grammar without making an error yourself.

      • mattmannyy - Jul 14, 2011 at 4:32 AM

        Hey pisano, how did he screw up grammatically? All I see is you with your “scarring” reference so shut the funking hell up, you ass.

      • ditto65 - Jul 14, 2011 at 9:20 AM

        Maybe it scarred him emotionally.

      • Vincent - Jul 14, 2011 at 9:57 AM

        I love when people bring up grammar around here. Clearly, we are all champions of the english language.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 14, 2011 at 11:19 AM

        The only thing I see wrong there is that he should have said “couldn’t” instead of “can’t” but that could’ve been from the emotional “scarring” from listening to the Dead—not that there’s anything wrong with that. 8)

  3. jeffhink - Jul 13, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    How sarcasm is lost on some people…

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 13, 2011 at 11:31 PM

      You put a who in the what’s now?

  4. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jul 14, 2011 at 5:30 AM

    Damn pisano you are a real champion , lets call someone out for making a grammar mistake , when you can’t even spell yourself , i suggest reading the dictionary today .

  5. FC - Jul 14, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    I always favored Romero going down to AAA to fix whatever his problem was, but he decided to head for other pastures. I think the Phillies were willing to make him an Iron Pig until he straightened himself out. Now that said, his new found success in Washington may be precisely because he left Philly and that mental baggage, and of course there’s no guarantee we won’t revert to 2011 Philly Romero the moment he gets called up.

    • pisano - Jul 14, 2011 at 9:38 AM

      Ari… you hit the nail on the head, I guess I’ll try proof reading and worry about my own post. I stand corrected.

  6. mox19380 - Jul 14, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    The Yankees would be fools to add this guy. The Phillies thought so little of him to send him to waivers. They didn’t even care if they were on the hook for the $1.5million if no one picked him up. Now he’s been in triple-A for the past two and half weeks.
    He can’t get called up on the NATIONALS??

    If the Yanks pick him up fans can prepared for the standard 3-1,3-0 counts. The guy just can’t throw a good strike to major league talent

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