So much for that: Yankees release J.C. Romero


Via Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees have released lefty reliever J.C. Romero at his request. Romero had good numbers with Triple-A Scranton (lefties were hitting .174 off him with six strikeouts and one walk in 6.1 IP), but they must not have liked what they saw out of him given the lack of a call-up and their perpetual want for lefty relievers.

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  1. Xstar7 says:

    J.C., we hardly knew ye.

  2. Jerome S. says:

    Panic? Panic. The difference between two lefties and one is the difference between winning the world series and dying like a starved fetus in the ALDS.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      This. However I would argue that the Yankees need three LOOGYs to get the job done in the WS along with 14 pitchers so the Yankees are the poster boys of the pro life campaign.

    • MikeD says:

      The Yankees have already decided on their lefty for September and the postseason. He’s their top pitching prospect.

  3. Jesse says:

    Hmmmmmm, Arthur Rhodes????

  4. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:


  5. Pants Lendelton says:

    I can totally see the Diamondbacks signing him.

  6. ItsATarp says:

    Meh. D-rob, Soriano and Mo can get both lefties and righties out so it really doesn’t matter.

    • vin says:

      This. A second lefty is really only useful to this team in:
      A) extra innings
      B) if the starter gets knocked out before the 5th inning

      Neither of which are situations that you build your roster around.

      Also, Corey Wade has reverse platoon splits (as mentioned in the previous post).

      For his career vs lhb:
      .224 .263 .328 .592
      And this season is no different:
      .189 .211 .324 .535

      The only LOOGY worth getting is one that is considerably better than Logan… and those guys haven’t been available.

    • Rainbow Connection says:

      At least D-Rob and Soriano can.

  7. Monteroisdinero says:

    With a Cory Wade changeup and a DRob changeup that he needs to throw more to lefties, we don’t need another lefty!

    Think outside the chalupa Joe and throw those changeups guys.

    • vin says:

      As great as it was to see Robertson throw those changeups last week (or the week before?)… he’s been handling lefties just fine with his usual repetoire.

      vs lhb
      .169 .267 .225 with 45 k’s in 101 pa’s (and 12 bb’s). He’s been better against lefties than righties this year.

      If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

      • YankeesJunkie says:

        Even if he were to use it 1-3 times per week it would still be valuable as just something for the hitter to think in the back of their mind. Obviously Robertson has just been awesome with his FB-CB combo so this is not something that is completely necessary by any stretch of the imagination.

  8. Mister Delaware says:

    You don’t need JC Romero when you have Damaso Marte coming back for the playoffs. Watch out!

  9. The Big City of Dreams says:

    I’m sure Cashman expected them to pitch like them and not disappoint.


    There is probably some truth to that. If someone told Cashman that after the debut of the big 3 Kennedy is having a big yr but it’s for another club and Hughes/Joba have had seasons where they have been ineffective or hurt he would disappointed.

  10. Rookie says:

    Couldn’t respond to your post above, Jesse. (The reply button showed up as all black and didn’t work.)

    But here’s what you said and what I wanted to respond:

    Jesse says:
    August 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm
    two examples are good enough for me, and considering they haven’t developed elite starting pitching in what seems like forever also doesn’t hurt my theory either.

    It seems to me that your three examples, CMW, Nova, and Kennedy, would tend to substantiate the fears of those of us who worry about the effect of using minor league starters as relievers. They pitched almost no innings in relief in the major league career. Here are their relief appearances and relief innings for those three, respectively:
    Wang: 5/13.1
    Nova: 4/6.0
    Kennedy 2/4.0

  11. MannyGeee says:

    The Yankees develop pitching just fine… It just so happens that they all end up in the NL… Ohlendorf, Melancon, IPK, Wanger… all Cashman era pitchers who are producing (well, sorta) in the big leagues (again, sorta)…

  12. The Mick says:

    Yes, Wang’s 13.1 innings of relief broke his foot.

    • Rookie says:


      Just in case I wasn’t clear, the thread I was trying to respond to had begun with someone saying that they didn’t want to see Manny used as a reliever because of fears that it might hurt his prospects of making it as a starter and how the Yankees hadn’t had good results developing starters.

      Jesse pointed out that CMW, Nova, and IPK had been developed just fine.

      I was just chiming in that yes they had, but that they hadn’t been used hardly at all as relievers. So the fact that they had turned out fine wasn’t an argument in favor of using Manny as a reliever — that, if anything, it would show that the best examples of recently successful starting pitchers developed by the Yankees had NOT been used as relievers.

      Just in case my prior posting wasn’t clear…

      • Jesse says:

        Thank you Robbie. Believe me, the Yankees can develop relief pitching. They’re one of the best at it. It’s elite starting pitching that hurts them.

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