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J.C. Romero is looking for work again

Jul 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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J.C. Romero is a free agent again after opting out of his minor-league deal with the Orioles following 17 appearances at Triple-A.

Since the beginning of last season Romero has been employed by the Orioles, Cardinals, Phillies, Nationals, Yankees, and Rockies. And going back even further he also worked for the Twins, Angels, and Red Sox.

He hasn’t been particularly effective in years and hasn’t been more than a control-challenged left-handed specialist for longer than that, yet at age 36 he keeps getting opportunities to prove himself.

Well, in Triple-A at least.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Would it be old, boring, and stale, to mention here, that he’s had trouble keeping down a gig since he served a PED suspension?

    • delawarephilliesfan - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      Not excactly correct – he had a great 2009 after serving the suspension, and piched perfectly okay in 2010. True he was realeasde after that, but was resigned anway by the Phillies. His troubles started in 2011 – more than 2 years after the suspension.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        Right, but ’09 only left him with what, 16 innings? I don’t know that there’s enough sample size there to call it great.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        But it was good enough to “hold down a job” which was the op. He was fine – job wise – until 2011, at which point he was 35, and that is hardly suprising for a guy whose career always was a roller coaster in the first place.

        None of which is to suggest guilt or innocence from the 2008 test, just saying he did not crash and burn after it

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      And the PED thing was way overblown. There’s more drugs in Tylenol than the amount of “prohibited substance” found in JC’s over the counter stuff. BTW he successfully sued the makers for not putting the ingredient on the label subjecting him to that nonsense in the first place. Settled out of court.

  2. tsi431 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Perfect fit for the Mets as a lefty specialist. He can’t be any worse then there current bullpen.

  3. Jonny 5 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Someone should embroider on his shirt “Use against LH batters only” then Philly could use him back. Charlie tends to forget these things.

  4. chew1985 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Call the Phillies and tell them you only want a little over the minimum. They are in desperation mode right now. You’ll be in uniform tomorrow night.

    You’re welcome.

  5. jaysfan64 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    AA probably has already talked to him…

  6. pxeeks - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    He was a juicer then plummeted when caught #1PHILLIES

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