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Orioles sign well-traveled J.C. Romero to minor-league deal

May 24, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

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At this point J.C. Romero is running out of teams for which he hasn’t already played, but the Orioles are one of the few holdouts and today they signed the 35-year-old reliever to a minor-league contract.

Romero was released by the Cardinals two weeks ago and spent time in four different organizations last season, bouncing from the Phillies to the Nationals to the Yankees to the Rockies. And before that he was with the Twins, Angels, and Red Sox.

Once upon a time Romero was a quality setup man and then he was a useful left-handed specialist, but between his control problems and inability to retire right-handed hitters there isn’t much room for him on a big-league roster at this point.

  1. Utley's Hair - May 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Good luck to him if and whenever he he gets to the big club…or wherever he goes.

  2. leerosenthall - May 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    They signed J.C. Romero? Good God, what on earth for? He’s TERRIBLE.

  3. Gonzo - May 24, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    “Once upon a time Romero was a quality setup man and then he was a useful left-handed specialist”

    When was this? Little league doesn’t count.

    • drmonkeyarmy - May 24, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      2008

      • Utley's Hair - May 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM

        He’d give up a walk, then shut ‘em down. Part of the Bridge to Lidge.

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