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Cardinals nearing one-year deal with lefty J.C. Romero

Dec 14, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

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From’s Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Cardinals are nearing a one-year contract agreement with left-hander J.C. Romero.

Romero posted a pedestrian 4.01 ERA and 19/15 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings this year between the Phillies and Rockies. But he was effective against left-handed batters, holding them to a .231/.318/.231 slash line, and could be a nice addition to the St. Louis bullpen in 2012 if utilized correctly.

No word yet on the financial terms of the deal. Romero, a 13-year veteran of Major League Baseball, will turn 36 years old in June.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Let the reallocation begin, yippee!!!

    • dwrek5 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:49 PM


  2. fatass5 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Not the same player when he’s not taking the PEDS

  3. okwhitefalcon - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    The new Brian Tallet!


    The new Arthur Rhodes!

    Another historical day is in the books for the Mozeliak/Dewitt era, exciting times indeed!

  4. mojosmagic - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Why??? A roid guy who sucked when he was good. The Cards got real lucky, won an unexpected title, and are taking a time out to rake in some cash. Albert got out at the right time.

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:17 AM

      Mojo: Falcon was joking. As for your “real lucky” comment…
      Yeah…they went through the two best teams in the NL in Philadelphia and Milwaukee
      (ON THE ROAD NO LESS)…then dispatched the AL’s best team in the Texas Rangers.
      Unexpected maybe…but certainly not “lucky.”
      As for Albert…the Cardinals will still be favored to the make the Playoffs next year.
      I know that hurts you…but it is indeed the case.

  5. mytownsaves - Dec 15, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    JC was a good pitcher in his day but the day has passed. A lefty specialist that can’t get out lefties. hmmmm.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Dec 15, 2011 at 12:43 AM

      He can still get out lefties. Charlie didn’t really use him correctly. That being said, even with his decent splits against left handers, I wouldn’t trust him in a critical moment.

      • xmatt0926x - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:38 AM

        Agree. He’s a guy who constantly got himself into trouble with walks and then the next reliever had to come in and clean up his mess. Tito Francona said that the Sox had to give up on him because he couldn’t be trusted. He then had a great 2008 which was greatly appreciated, but in the end he was much more the guy that couldn’t be trusted than what we saw in his 1 good year. Then the worst was when Charlie finally started saying that JC had to pick his game up and JC swore he was doing his job fine. No JC. Just because the next reliever came in and didn’t surrender any of your walked batters, that doesn’t mean you did your job. Don’t let the door hit you on the ass.

    • areyesrn - Dec 15, 2011 at 4:27 PM

      what’s funny is that he’ll still strike out Utley and Howard on a regular basis…

  6. Francisco (FC) - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    Every once in a while J.C. comes up and he gets tagged with the PED label. While I think he’s not all that effective nowadays he’s been unfairly tarred and feathered. Unlike Braun’s test which got flagged for Testosterone levels, J.C. had a prohibited substance in his nutrition tablets from something he bought off the counter, gave to his trainers for approval, trainers who consulted with the MLBPA and they said it was fine to take. Then came MLB and said: no, that stuff you’re taking has X it’s just not on the label (J.C has sued the company making this stuff for not putting all ingredients on the label). In the end MLB found him negligent and despite the confusion still suspended him. It’s not hard to find the deails people. MLB itself has a report with the case. The stupid part is that the quantity of the prohibited substance is really trace amounts and couldn’t have given J.C any benefit at all.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:30 AM

      FC is right….the problem with Romero is and has always been the lack of ability to locate the baseball. He got on one magical hot streak but the control problems were always lingering under the surface. PED’s had nothing to do with it.

      • paperlions - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:53 AM

        Yep, you don’t go through your career with over 5BB per 9 IP without having problems locating….well…everything.

      • stlouis1baseball - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:20 AM

        This does NOT excite me in the slightest.
        Sure…having a Lefty is great…as long as the guy can pitch.
        5BB’s per 9IP is atrocious.
        The walks drove me to drinking real early all of last year.
        My liver (and my Wife)…can’t handle it anymore.

      • PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:23 AM

        Perhaps Dave Duncan will work his magic with him.

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