About a week after coming to an agreement with lefty reliever Dennys Reyes, the Phillies deal fell through following the physical exam. But bad news for Reyes turned out to be great news for a familiar lefty, J.C. Romero.
The Phillies had previously declined the option on Romero which was worth $4.5 million, opting instead to pay the $250,000 dollar buyout. But with few left-handers on the market and the Reyes deal gone south, Romero became the best option.
The details have not been released yet, but it appears Romero has agreed to terms with a one-year deal. He will still have to pass a physical, which should take place sometime in early January when Romero returns from spending the holiday’s with his family in Puerto Rico.
In the previous three and a half years with Philadelphia, Romero averaged a 2.59 ERA, but he struggled with control and walked many batters, especially last season. But if anyone can bounce back from a difficult year, it will be Romero.
With 11-years in the majors, Romero has had his share of ups and downs. But it is that experience and confidence, plus an inner-drive to compete, that will make him an effective part of the Phillies bullpen again.
On a personal note, having gotten to know J.C. over the past several seasons, I can tell you that the Phillies would not have found a better quality human being to fill this spot. He is a family man, a great teammate and he truly appreciates his fans.
Welcome back, J.C.!
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