Well it didn’t take long got left-handed relief pitcher J.C. Romero to find a new home.
Just 10 days after being released by the St. Louis Cardinals, he has signed a minor-league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.
Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun tweeted the news Thursday.
Romero, a veteran of 14 MLB seasons, will report directly to Triple-A Norfolk, but it shouldn’t be too long before he finds himself at Camden Yard.
While the O’s have five relievers with an ERA of no worse than 1.93, they are in need of some of the left-handed variety as the only southpaws in the ‘pen are Troy Patton and Dana Eveland, who only has 44 career relief appearances in his career.
Despite Romero’s recent bad stretch with the Cards, where he coughed up 10 hits and nine earned runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched (a span of three games), he brings with him plenty of veteran relief experience.
The 35-year old signed a one-year deal worth $750K plus incentives back in December with St. Louis, just few months removed from posting a 4.01 ERA with 6.9 K/9, 5.5 BB/9 and a 54.4 percent ground ball rate in 24 2/3 innings with the Phillies and Rockies in 2011.
The Cardinals loss could very well be the Orioles gain here.