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Phillies, Romero Reach Agreement

Following the failed signing of reliever Dennys Reyes, the Phillies have agreed to re-sign lefty J.C. Romero, according to CSN Philly.

Romero, who made $4.5 million in 2010, is expected to take a significant paycut to rejoin the Phils. Signed during the 2007 season after being released by the Red Sox, Romero has compiled 123 strikeouts and 105 walks in 148.2 innings in red pinstripes. Though he’s enjoyed success against lefty batter in two of his three full seasons in Philadelphia, problems with righties and his control have limited his effectiveness. He is expected to be used in a specialist role.



  1. bacardi

    December 27, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Yikes they waited to long…Romero sucks…if he can cut down on the walks he might be serviceable

  2. Chuck

    December 27, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I would have rather had Sherrill….to be in that “specialist role”.

  3. The Dipsy

    December 27, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Hey, why not? I’m sure he got signed for peanuts so if he really stinks they can just outright him or have him accept going down to the minors, which he would do. Can’t hurt. If we get 2008 J.C. then we’re in good shape. Lefties – Bastardo and J.C.? Not loving that. But we can always make a deal if its turns out to be a disaster. Still room for Fuentes.

    The Dipsy

  4. tavian

    December 27, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Romero can fill that specialist role. Now on to the right handed bat for the outfield and shoring up the utility role in the infield. I wonder if Blanton will last the rest of the year or be traded this week?

  5. Jay aka Phillyboy

    December 27, 2010 at 10:48 am


  6. Brooks

    December 27, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I’m with you JAY! If he doesn’t work out its not bust time.

  7. Chuck

    December 27, 2010 at 11:49 am

    What did Sherrill sign for??…. Not much more than 1.1 M. I think his splits against lefties is a lot better. Sorry to keep harping on this but when I saw those numbers I about fell over.

    BUT….I agree….for what JC signed for….what the heck..

    Dipsy…I doubt the Phils sign Fuentes.

  8. The Dipsy

    December 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Chuck….the Phillies definitely won’t sign Fuentes. But I want them, too. Onto the RH bat.

    The Dipsy

  9. Chuck

    December 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    So do I, Dipsy. Fuentes would be awesome. RH bat? Looks like it’s Ben Fran for now and Mayberry will get a look even though he more or less sucks.

  10. bruce

    December 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    It’s great to see the fiesty Romero back. Regardless of criticism (and not all of it is justified) about his performance this year, he does have a proven record of effectiveness as a lefty specialist. He can rebound and obviously that is what the Phillies are hoping for. Plus his willingness to take a paycut shows his desire to pitch for the Phillies.

    As far as a need for a RH bat in the outfield, Francisco will do just fine. The RH bat question will not be a concern once Dominic Brown gains more playing time and establish himself in RF next season.

    By the way, for those who insist that the Phillies need a RH bat, if Mike Sweeney is still available as free agent, management should persue him if affordable. We know that he is good for the team as a proven contact hitter and his enthusiam and great chemistry is a hugh plus. As a 1st baseman and catcher (he played that position part time early in his career), it obviously will limit his playing time but great to have coming off the bench in crucial moments of the game. Question of course, is his willingness to accept his role on the bench.

  11. branderson925

    December 27, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Im happy with this move. 1.1 mil is not killer and it was just one off season for JC. C’mon how quickly you forgot how pivotal the man was in us winning the WS and getting us back there in 09.

    Let’s get a RH outfielder now

  12. JakeyJ

    December 27, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    The way Ruben and Charlie have been talking since Werth turned down the Phils offer,the Phillies have concentrated on pitching improvements and Francisco,Brown and Mayberry will be getting shots at the outfield. Have to agree with Bruce that bringing Romero back and possibly Sweeney at reasonable price is the type of deals we are likely to see after the Lee signing.

  13. The Dipsy

    December 27, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Sweeney is over. Totally. How about Moyer playing in 2012? Why? For who? For what? Is he honestly going to try for 300 wins? Meanwhile, he’s gonna miss even more of his kids growing up. And that’s his choice. We all have to make the choices that are best for us and Jaime is clearly making the one he feels is best for him….and him only.

    The Dipsy

  14. Pat Gallen

    December 27, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Can’t say I’m a huge fan of the Romero signing. Was hoping for new blood, but I guess that’s the nature of the left-handed reliever market.

    As for a righty bat, maybe Ben Fran will surprise.

  15. Greg

    December 28, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Everyone, this is completely off topic, but I have a question I’d like to ask you.

    I need help finding a video clip of a play I remember seeing in 2009. If I recall correctly, Coste was still on the team, and it was something like a 9-2-5-4-7 Double play, with Raul Ibañez coming in and getting the put out at 2nd base. It was really bizarre, and I’d love to save it. Can anyone help me find it?

  16. Chuck

    December 28, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Mike Sweeney is a nice enough guy…I guess. . But he would be a total waste of a roster spot at this point. He really can only play 1st and Gload would be the next guy there. Just having him sit on the bench isn’t good enough unless his offensive numbers are off the chart…which they’re not.

    Pat, I feel the same about Ben Fran…I have a feeling he could reallly surprise everyone. If he hit .280 with 20 HR and something like 75-80 RBI….that would be great.

  17. psujoe

    December 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Braves signed Sherrill for $1.2 with some performance incentives. I would’ve tried to lock up Sherrill at that price over Romero.

  18. Chuck

    December 28, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Exactly what I have been saying, psujoe. I don’t get it. Did they just completely drop the ball on Sherrill or did they see something they didn’t like?? I mean, the price is good.

  19. Lefty

    December 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Chuck -check my post above. They made an offer to Sherrill and he turned it down. Maybe it wasn’t enough, but they did try. There’s a link from CSN Philly.

  20. Chuck

    December 28, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks, Lefty. Yeah, he turned it down…but could it have been that much worse than 1.1 or 1.2 M??
    Whatever…it’s time to move on. I’m ok with Bastardo and Romero right now. Fuentes would be nice but he probably wants 3 years and the Phils won’t do that.

  21. Lefty

    December 28, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    My guess is that they offered the same as Dennys 1.1 – So he took the Braves offer. 100,000 more is +100,000.

    Maybe they think Escalona might be ready soon. He’s 26 now, so I guess it’s got to happen soon for him or it’s over. A little homegrown talent would be good. I’m not sure their thinking on Fuentes.

  22. Chuck

    December 28, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I have to say that I’m glad the Reyes deal fell through. I’m more comfortable with Romero at this point.

  23. Chuck

    December 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    ^ as long as he’s more or less a LOOGY.

  24. psujoe

    December 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    With Downs and Fuentes too expensive and Choate getting a two year deal I’d rank the 3 we’re talking about Sherrill 1, Ramirez 2, and Reyes a distant 3rd.

  25. psujoe

    December 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Looking at Ramirez strictly as a left specialist isn’t such a bad thing. Both he and Sherrill fell off the map against righties last year. With Contreras as the 7th inning guy this signing is pretty good.

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