Friday, June 22, 2007

Phillies sign J.C. Romero

-Courtesy of the Philadelphia Phillies

Veteran reliever J.C. Romero signed a minor league deal with the Phillies on Friday. He will work out with the Phillies' rookie-level Gulf Coast team in Clearwater, Fla.

Romero, 31, was 1-0 with one save and a 3.15 ERA in 23 games for the Red Sox this season before being designated for assignment by the club on June 8 when righthander Mike Timlin was reinstated from the disabled list. Romero was released on June 18.

Nineteen of his 23 appearances for Boston this season were scoreless and he posted a 1.88 ERA (3 ER, 14.1 IP) in his final 15 games. His last major league appearance came on June 4 at Oakland (1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 SO).

In 2002, Romero went 9-2 with a 1.89 ERA in a career-high 81 games for Minnesota. From 2002 through 2006, he appeared in 361 games, which was the fourth-highest total among all major league pitchers over that five-year span.

Last spring, Romero pitched for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. He has also appeared in eight playoff games for the Twins (2002-04), posting a 1.17 ERA.

Romero was originally selected by Minnesota in the 21st round of the 1997 draft out of the University of Mobile (Ala.). He has a career record of 27-22 with three saves and a 4.54 ERA in 415 games (22 starts) for the Twins (1999-2005), Angels (2006) and Red Sox (2007) and has held left-handed hitters to a .232 average. As a reliever, Romero is 24-11 with a 3.89 ERA in 393 career appearances.


Anonymous said...

It's been about a week and he's not up with the club yet, why not?

We need all the help we can get and this guy is actually a good pitcher who could greatly help us in the long run. he should be up with the team.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, why isn't this guy in the bullpen??? This guy was tough when he was with the Twins. Is something wrong with him? JC could be the difference maker in the second half of the season!!!