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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
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.
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