By Justin Adkins:
The Phillies have made it official with JC Romero, announcing that the reliever has agreed to a 1-year, $1.35 million contract that includes performance incentives.
It was previously reported over a week ago (Leslie Gudel from csnphilly.com had the news first) that a deal was struck, but no contract details were known.
The team had previously declined their 2011 option on the fiery lefty, which would have required them to pay Romero $4.5 million. Declining the option made Romero a free agent. He said later that he’d be interested in returning at less money, and that’s exactly what happened.
Acquired during the 2007 season after being let go by the Red Sox, Romero was a key contributor in the bullpen for the 2008 World Bleeping Champions. After serving a 50 game suspension in 2009 for testing positive for a banned substance, Romero struggled with elbow issues and general inconsistency.
In 2010, Romero went 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA, appearing in 60 games.
The Phillies had previously agreed to a 1-year contract with another lefty reliever, the portly Dennis Reyes. That deal fell through, which Randy Miller of the Bucks County Courier Times reported was likely due to the Phillies‘ doctors not liking what they saw in the medical evals. Despite coming from Miller, this is likely true.
Romero took a physical today in Philadelphia to finalize the deal.
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