Rumors: Yankees to Sign Romero If He Opts Out Friday

jc-romeroVia Buster Olney of ESPN:

If Nats don’t promote J.C. Romero to majors,his intention is to opt out of his deal with Washington and sign Class AAA deal with Yankees.

Not sure how this is possible without the Yankees tampering in some way, but I trust Olney enough to think that there very well could be a deal in place. The situation is similar to Brian Gordon‘s where Romero has an opt-out clause in his contract where he can leave if he isn’t promoted to the majors by Friday.

If this did indeed go down it’s unclear if the Yankees would call him up right away or keep him down in Triple-A for a little while.

Romero, 35, has appeared in 24 games with the Phillies and put up a 3.86 ERA in 16.1 this season before they released him last month. Since then he has appeared in five games with the Nationals Triple-A affiliate putting up a 1.29 ERA in seven innings.

He did pretty well against lefties in Philly, they went just 5-for-24 (.208 BA) with eight strikeouts. He does very poorly against righties though and would hurt the Yankees if they used him as anything other than a situational lefty. If they are smart about it, this could be a smart pickup.

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3 Responses to Rumors: Yankees to Sign Romero If He Opts Out Friday

  1. My first choice is Choate, but he would cost something. Romero wouldn't.

  2. Peter Gammons Lies says:

    We had Choate. Not a fan. I'd give Romero a shot….

    • Mike Sommer says:

      Lefties are 5 for 50 off Choate this year, 21 strikeouts. And the Choate we had was a long time ago. They did sign Romero (who had a 50 g. suspension not that many years ago) so they'll give him a shot. Romero costs nothing, whereas Choate would.