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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Red Sox - DFAed Romero

Boston Red Sox - Designated P J.C. Romero for assignment.

Romero’s clearly the weak spot in the pen and while he’s got a guaranteed contract, unloading an awful reliever with a superficially pretty ERA is still not a difficult undertaking.  When Clemens was signed by the Yankees, there was much hooting and hawing in the media about how much the Yankees would be paying the Rocket for each inning pitched.  Well, Roger will only need 4 starts in 2007 to match the “value” the Reds got from 2006’s J.C. Romero, Rheal Cormier, who received $60,810.81 for each grooved meatball he threw to opposing batters this season before some realized how awful he was.  Hell, I’m not convinced that it won’t be the Reds who repeat the mistake.

The Red Sox will get something for Romero as there are 29 other teams out there and it only takes 1 team to take him off the Red Sox’ hands.  Considering that 1.5% of baseball players apparently think Babe Ruth is still alive, I think someone will exchange a non-corpse for a pitcher with a superficially pretty 3.15 ERA.  Hell, you could probably get 1.5% of people to agree that Mexicans are made of styrofoam or that the Iraqi War is George Bush’s plot to populate Kurdistan with Morlocks.

Dan Szymborski Posted: June 09, 2007 at 04:53 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rough Carrigan Posted: June 09, 2007 at 06:44 PM (#2398459)
Romero must be one of those 1.5% who think Ruth is alive. What's worse, he apparently believes Ruth is each successive hitter who comes to the plate. Romero simply has no command of the strike zone. Never did and, absent a Mazzone or Peterson vaulting their legend even much further forward, never will.
   2. tfbg9 Posted: June 09, 2007 at 07:12 PM (#2398474)
Romero also still can bring it at 90+, so as a LHP you'd think somebody feels he's "fixable", for a loogy-type role.
   3. flournoy Posted: June 09, 2007 at 07:33 PM (#2398482)
He will end up in Atlanta; bank on it.
   4. Rough Carrigan Posted: June 09, 2007 at 10:24 PM (#2398662)
I never really paid much attention to him before this season. He was always just a guy I figured all the Sox hitters (except for Nomar) would draw a walk against.

But, man, does he have a complicated beginning to his windup. Just too much movement along too many different axes.
   5. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: June 10, 2007 at 11:02 AM (#2399003)
Liberty and freedom prevail, the terrorist-loving LOOGY who walks the lefty loses.

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