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Ricky Romero outrighted to Triple-A for second time this year

Oct 5, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

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The Blue Jays announced yesterday that left-hander Ricky Romero was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo. This is the second time this year that he has passed through waivers unclaimed.

Of course, that shouldn’t be a big surprise at this point, but it’s just the latest indication of how far Romero has fallen since he posted a 2.92 ERA during his age-26 season in 2011. The southpaw struggled miserably with his control in 2012 while putting up a 5.77 ERA in 32 starts and attempts to fix his mechanics this year were largely unsuccessful, as he had a 5.78 ERA and 81/63 K/BB ratio over 113 2/3 innings in Triple-A and allowed nine runs on 11 hits and eight walks over 7 1/3 innings with the big club.

Romero, who turns 29 next month, is still owed $7.5 million in each of the next two seasons while his $13.1 million option for 2016 carries a $600,000 buyout. He’s not occupying a spot on the 40-man roster, so the Blue Jays will have to hope he figures something out while toiling in the minor leagues.

  1. switchrodeo - Oct 5, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    As a Buffalo Bisons fan, I’d prefer the Blue Jays hope he figures it out while toiling in AA.

  2. missthemexpos - Oct 5, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    I will go out on a limb and predict that Toronto declines the $13.1 million option for 2016.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Ricky you are in my thoughts and prayers, cant wait to see you back in the bigs. As far as im concerned the future of the bluejays starts and ends with this guy, this guy has it and should be in the rotation for years to come. God Bless and good luck Rick

  4. tuberippin - Oct 5, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Well, at least he’ll have made about $30,000,000 by the time that $600,000 buyout rolls around. Not too shabby for one season of a 2.92 ERA and an All-Star selection surrounded by several below-average seasons.

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