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JC Romero Opts Out Of Minor League Deal

After signing a minor league deal with the Nationals in the offseason, left-handed reliever J.C. Romerohas chosen to opt out of his contract with the Nationals and become a free agent. Romero’s deal stipulated that he could opt out if he was not on the Major League roster by June 1st.

May 28, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Fernando Abad (58) is congratulated by catcher Kurt Suzuki (24) after recording the final out against the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Romero signed with the Nationals after allowing two runs in 4.2 IP for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. The 37-year-old struggled in the 2012 regular season, with a 9.00 ERA in 12 innings with the St. Louis Cardinals and Baltimore Orioles, but fared reasonably well in his time at AAA Syracuse. He had a 2.84 ERA in 12.2 innings with a 4.00 K/BB, but went on the DL May 8th and has yet to return.

In the meantime, the Nationals have promoted three relievers ahead of him, two of whom are lefties: Xavier Cedeno, Fernando Abad, and Erik Davis. Romero clearly recognized that it would take a miracle for him to be promoted beyond them when he returns to health, and his comments on the opt-out reflect that: “There’s nothing more that I could prove in Triple A… I got to look for my best opportunity to go back to the big leagues and help the club.”

Topics: JC Romero, Washington Nationals

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