As it had been speculated on Wednesday, the Yankees signed veteran lefty reliever J.C. Romero to a minor league deal on Thursday after he opted out of his contract with the Nationals where he was pitching in Triple-A.
The Yankees have been looking for a lefty reliever and despite this move they may still be on the look out, but at least for now Romero will pitch in Triple-A in an attempt to show the Yankees that he is the answer. He pitched for Scranton last night and gave up a run on one hit, a hit batsman, and a wild pitch while striking out two.
Romero, who once was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for PED’s, is very tough on lefties (they hit .215 with a .601 OPS against him lifetime), however he is very hittable by righties (they hit .268 with a .809 OPS off him). As a straight LOOGY he is a decent addition.