Updated: Yankees sign J.C. Romero


The Yankees intend to sign J.C. Romero if the Nationals do not call him up to the big leagues by Friday, so says Buster Olney. Romero’s minor league pact with Washington has a July 15th opt-out, and right now his intention is to secure his release and sign a minor league deal with New York. I’m all for it, especially on a minors deal. Romero is fantastic when used properly, which means as a true lefty specialist and not at all against righties. And now we play the waiting game.

Update (12:17 a.m.): Ken Davidoff reports that this is all but a done deal. The Yankees, he said a few minutes ago, will complete a minor league deal with Romero on Thursday. The club is “looking hard for LH relief options.”

Update (1:15 p.m.): The Nationals have released Romero and he has officially signed with the Yankees according to Olney. There’s a chance he could pitch for Triple-A Scranton tonight.

Categories : Asides


  1. CC's third leg says:

    Is it Noesi or Mitre who goes away?

  2. Benjamin says:

    What is this obsession with Sergio Mitre!!!???? Hes had about two good moments with this team, the rest of his time being one unending nightmare after another. Dump his ass

  3. Greg says:

    Of course now that this information is public, the Nationals will call him up.

  4. Phife Dawg says:

    Would rather have Noesi go back to Scranton where he would actually be useful instead of rotting away and barley being used out of the pen. Having him stay up here and pitch every 2 weeks is doing nothing towards his development.

    • AC says:

      I agree. But Mitre sucks ass. Nobody likes him but Girardi. He only appears in mop up games or when it’s 9-1 in the ninth in which he gives up 3-4 runs etc. They can find someone to do that job and make a spot start.

    • AC says:

      I agree. But Mitre sucks ass. Nobody likes him but Girardi. He only appears in mop up games or when it’s 9-1 in the ninth in which he gives up 3-4 runs etc.

    • AC says:

      I agree. But Mitre sucks ass. Nobody likes him but Girardi. He only appears in mop up games or when it’s 9-1.

    • MannyGeee says:

      I agree but Mitre sucks ass… sucks ass… ucks asss… asss… asss

  5. Mattpat11 says:

    Another Lefty. Yay.

  6. Brandon says:

    Uhhh, stop stressing? A minor league deal is called a minor league deal for a reason. IT DOES NOT EFFECT THE MAJOR LEAGUE ROSTER!!!!! That is until he gets called up. You can stop this stuff now over who goes.

  7. mbonzo says:

    So this has to come pretty close to tampering, unless the Nats agreed to it.

  8. Cuso says:

    I hate Mitre like everyone else. But you need one sh!t-nugget to be a true mop-up guy out there. I’m not big on using a guy I’d like to see progress in development used for latrine-duty.

    Send Noesi down to improve, and let Mitre sit out there & pitch once every 9 days (hopefully).

    • Rick in Boston says:

      This. Noesi would be better served getting innings down in Scranton while Mitre toils at the back end of the ‘pen.

  9. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Fuck a minor league deal, replace Boone Logan immediately.

  10. David says:

    Replace “J.C.” with “Ricky” and this little aside would become a lot more interesting…

  11. Doug says:

    It’s a done deal

  12. bonestock94 says:

    That’s great, I don’t trust Boone down the stretch. Solid signing.

  13. So how long before Romero is ready to be called up and Noesi goes back down to get some real work in?

    A week or two?

    • CP says:

      He last pitched on the 10th, and was used regularly during July before that. I don’t see why he couldn’t come up tonight…

      As an aside, he faced 7 LHB and 17 RHB in the minors for the Nationals (1 K and 6 GB from the LHB). Why is he still being used against right handers?

      • B-Rando says:

        I don’t know how often LOOGYs are implemented in the minors. I mean I’m sure there are situations, but they may often just be trying to eat innings.

    • MannyGeee says:

      sounds about right. loosen him up, 15 IP or so, and he’ll be up.

      assuming he, well you know, isn’t shitty or anything.

  14. YankeesJunkie says:

    Not surprised by the move, but still not excited for it. LOOGYs are pretty much the most useless roster spot in all of baseball maybe except the ROOGY.

  15. cranky says:

    JC Romero is “fantastic” vs. lefties?

    Really? Fantastic?

    Gee…then I can’t wait to see him in pinstripes.

  16. Pags4Life says:

    Why does he need to start at Scranton? I don’t understand why he isn’t coming right up to the major league roster.

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