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J.C. Romero released by Nationals, signs with Yankees

Jul 14, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

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Last night Buster Olney of reported that J.C. Romero wanted to be let out of his minor-league contract with the Nationals to sign a similar deal with the Yankees and sure enough that’s exactly what happened today.

Washington released Romero and within minutes New York signed him, and according to Olney he’ll be available out of the Yankees’ Triple-A bullpen tonight.

Already this season the Yankees have inked Kevin Millwood and Carlos Silva to minor-league deals after they were released by other teams, so while Romero still looks capable of being a solid left-handed specialist if used properly there’s certainly no guarantee he’ll get past Triple-A.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Congratulations to Buster on getting the story right. I wonder why the Nationals did not like him enough to call him up to the team!

  2. xmatt0926x - Jul 14, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Get ready for some fun with JC. There is a reason he has been let go by the Red Sox originally and now the Phillies. He just can’t be counted on. Francona said back then that he just couldn’t be trusted and that’s the perfect way to describe it. He starts many more fires than he puts out and consistently leaves his team in a worse situation that when he came in. If the next reliever comes in and cleans up his mess he will tell the media that he did his job since nobody scored. Also, get used to the walk off the mound as the manager is yanking him while JC shakes his head in disbelief that the other team has yet again feasted off of him. Ohh…the little jig he does after each pitch as he wonders in amazement why the ump didnt call that foot outside pitch a strike is also good old fashioned entertainment. Thanks for you PED enhanced 2008 JC. See you at the 25th anniversary reunion.

    • FC - Jul 14, 2011 at 1:43 PM

      I’m not a J.C. Romero fan (far from it!), but the whole PED thing has been misrepresented and overblown. When we say PED we imagine players sticking needles into their bodies and becoming like Popeye after taking his spinach. His case was taking a pill from a nutritional supplement bottle. Even MLB admits that the guy didn’t knowingly take the stuff but concluded he was “negligent” in not verifying the contents… hello he took it to the trainers, even the MLBPA guys, they all said it was fine to take.

      If we’re going to knock on J.C let’s do it for his bad on-field performance, not for this. He doesn’t deserve the PED label.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 14, 2011 at 1:48 PM

        Preach!!! Amen!!!!

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 14, 2011 at 1:55 PM

        In the immortal word (I know Gator said that before, but deal with it) of Billy Ray Valentine’s cell mate: “Yeah!!”

  3. seanmk - Jul 14, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    if you use him against ONLY lefties he can be effective. he’s a LOOGY in the truest sense. he’s been misused by allowing him to face right handed hitters. Plus his control is awful

  4. yankeesfanlen - Jul 14, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Kevin Millwood, looking at K-Rod, getting Mitre back, now Romero. Where have you gone THE FAT TOAD?
    Calling Houston, where’s Mr. Fiddley-Fart?

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 14, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Why were 60% of his batters faced right-handed this season? I’m sure there were some pinch hitters etc, but even still. It seems like the blame for his bad numbers should fall at least partially on Cholly for using his lefty specialist against RH batters far too often.

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 14, 2011 at 1:47 PM

      I love Charlie, but you’re right. I think the reason mostly came down to him being used where it wasn’t a big deal anyway. He can come in and face 1 LH and 2 RH bats for a 7th or 8th inning role when the Phills are up by a ton or down by a ton of runs. He is a good Lefty specialist, but with the way the Phills are built (oldish), They can’t afford to have too many extra bodies in the bull pen because they need them on the bench. They need relievers who can get out both RH and LH batters at a reasonable rate.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 14, 2011 at 1:56 PM

      After someone in the earlier thread mentioned how terrible he’d been, I checked out his peripherals on fangraphs. Was wondering why he threw a changeup so often as I thought he was a strict LOOGY*. Oops

      *That’s all he should be used for in NY.

  6. heyblueyoustink - Jul 14, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    He’s going to the right team…..for some reason I see him and Bartolo becoming very close friends

    • nixonotis - Jul 14, 2011 at 2:05 PM

      Because Colon seems like a really likable guy?

  7. deathmonkey41 - Jul 14, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    It’s a win-win for the Yankees. If he’s effective as a left-handed specialist, they win. If he sucks, they cut him and are on the hook for mere peanuts in the grand scheme of things. I have no problem with this move, although I seriously hope they make some others of a higher caliber.

  8. natstowngreg - Jul 14, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    JC, we hardly knew ye.

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