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Portrait of J.C. Romero

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
19 680 661.3 34 28 7 4.16 1.9
Birth Date6-4-1976
Height5' 11"
Weight205 lbs
Age41 years, 8 months, 20 days
BatsB
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
1999 MIN MLB 5 0 9.7 0 0 0 13 0 4 0 .256 99 12.1 0.0 0.0 3.7 60% .371 .227 1.34 2.36 3.72 103 4.86 94.5 0.1
2000 MIN MLB 12 11 57.7 2 7 0 72 30 50 8 .260 93 11.2 4.7 1.2 7.8 70% .358 .292 1.77 4.90 7.02 100 5.12 98.5 0.7
2001 MIN MLB 14 11 65.0 1 4 0 71 24 39 10 .257 101 9.8 3.3 1.4 5.4 59% .288 .279 1.46 5.04 6.23 108 4.98 103.3 0.6
2002 MIN MLB 81 0 81.0 9 2 1 62 36 76 3 .265 97 6.9 4.0 0.3 8.4 62% .277 .213 1.21 3.14 1.89 93 3.91 84.0 1.3
2003 MIN MLB 73 0 63.0 2 0 0 66 42 50 7 .265 100 9.4 6.0 1.0 7.1 53% .311 .269 1.71 5.23 5.00 114 7.73 162.0 -1.6
2004 MIN MLB 74 0 74.3 7 4 1 61 38 69 4 .261 101 7.4 4.6 0.5 8.4 59% .281 .225 1.33 3.73 3.51 98 4.44 91.5 0.9
2005 MIN MLB 68 0 57.0 4 3 0 50 39 48 6 .264 97 7.9 6.2 0.9 7.6 58% .267 .274 1.56 5.09 3.47 116 7.20 154.9 -1.1
2006 ANA MLB 65 0 48.3 1 2 0 57 28 31 3 .264 102 10.6 5.2 0.6 5.8 58% .331 .280 1.76 4.51 6.70 120 7.25 147.6 -0.8
2007 BOS 0 23 0 20.0 1 0 1 24 15 11 2 .269 101 10.8 6.8 0.9 5.0 56% .333 .304 1.95 5.75 3.15 114 5.66 117.1 -0.0
2007 PHI 0 51 0 36.3 1 2 0 15 25 31 1 .267 104 3.7 6.2 0.2 7.7 65% .167 .185 1.10 4.05 1.24 115 5.29 109.5 0.1
2008 PHI MLB 81 0 59.0 4 4 1 41 38 52 5 .270 98 6.3 5.8 0.8 7.9 62% .232 .238 1.34 4.62 2.75 97 3.30 70.3 1.4
2009 PHI MLB 21 0 16.7 0 0 0 13 13 12 2 .260 94 7.0 7.0 1.1 6.5 54% .250 .260 1.56 5.87 2.70 92 3.09 66.2 0.4
2010 PHI MLB 60 0 36.7 1 0 3 30 29 28 3 .279 93 7.4 7.1 0.7 6.9 61% .255 .259 1.61 5.41 3.68 110 3.93 88.6 0.4
2011 COL 0 12 0 8.3 1 0 0 12 3 9 1 .248 121 13.0 3.2 1.1 9.7 59% .393 .313 1.80 3.47 4.32 108 6.02 140.0 -0.1
2011 PHI 0 24 0 16.3 0 0 0 16 12 10 0 .257 91 8.8 6.6 0.0 5.5 56% .308 .278 1.71 4.15 3.86 110 5.28 122.7 -0.1
2012 BAL 0 5 0 4.0 0 0 0 7 1 1 1 .255 110 15.8 2.2 2.2 2.2 37% .333 .362 2.00 6.54 6.75 123 8.49 194.6 -0.2
2012 SLN 0 11 0 8.0 0 0 0 14 2 5 3 .259 100 15.8 2.2 3.4 5.6 48% .367 .367 2.00 7.88 10.12 108 4.45 102.1 0.0
2007 TOT MLB 74 0 56.3 2 2 1 39 40 42 3 .268 103 6.2 6.4 0.5 6.7 61% .240 .232 1.40 4.65 1.92 115 5.42 112.2 0.0
2011 TOT MLB 36 0 24.7 1 0 0 28 15 19 1 .254 101 10.2 5.5 0.4 6.9 57% .338 .290 1.74 3.92 4.01 109 5.53 128.5 -0.2
2012 TOT MLB 16 0 12.0 0 0 0 21 3 6 4 .258 103 15.8 2.2 3.0 4.5 44% .354 .365 2.00 7.43 9.00 113 5.80 132.9 -0.1
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1997 FTM A+ 7 1 12.3 1 1 0 11 4 9 1 .000 8.0 2.9 0.7 6.6 0% .286 .000 1.22 4.04 4.39 0 0.00 0.0
1997 ELZ Rk 18 0 24.0 3 2 3 27 7 29 4 .000 10.1 2.6 1.5 10.9 0% .348 .000 1.42 5.22 4.88 0 0.00 0.0
1998 NBR AA 51 1 78.0 6 3 2 48 43 79 3 .000 5.5 5.0 0.3 9.1 0% -.352 .000 1.17 3.44 2.19 0 0.00 0.0
1999 MIN MLB 5 0 9.7 0 0 0 13 0 4 0 .256 99 12.1 0.0 0.0 3.7 60% .371 .227 1.34 2.36 3.72 103 4.86 94.5
1999 NBR AA 36 1 53.0 4 4 7 51 34 53 6 .000 8.7 5.8 1.0 9.0 0% -.484 .000 1.60 4.66 3.40 0 0.00 0.0
1999 SLC AAA 15 0 19.7 4 1 1 18 14 20 1 .000 8.2 6.4 0.5 9.1 0% -.486 .000 1.62 4.38 3.20 0 0.00 0.0
2000 MIN MLB 12 11 57.7 2 7 0 72 30 50 8 .260 93 11.2 4.7 1.2 7.8 70% .358 .292 1.77 4.90 7.02 100 5.12 98.5
2000 FTM A+ 2 0 4.7 0 0 0 4 1 3 0 .000 7.7 1.9 0.0 5.7 0% -1.000 .000 1.06 2.75 1.91 0 0.00 0.0
2000 SLC AAA 17 11 65.3 4 2 4 60 25 38 6 .000 8.3 3.4 0.8 5.2 0% -.783 .000 1.30 4.76 3.45 0 0.00 0.0
2000 San Wnt 15 4 24.7 1 1 4 25 15 17 4 .000 9.1 5.5 1.5 6.2 0% -.583 .000 1.62 5.39 4.01 0 0.00 0.0
2001 MIN MLB 14 11 65.0 1 4 0 71 24 39 10 .257 101 9.8 3.3 1.4 5.4 59% .288 .279 1.46 5.04 6.23 108 4.98 103.3
2001 EDM AAA 12 10 63.7 3 3 0 67 24 55 4 .000 9.5 3.4 0.6 7.8 0% -.759 .000 1.43 3.77 3.67 0 0.00 0.0
2001 San Wnt 21 0 29.7 6 2 4 30 12 28 1 .000 9.1 3.6 0.3 8.5 0% -.690 .000 1.41 2.59 3.03 0 0.00 0.0
2002 MIN MLB 81 0 81.0 9 2 1 62 36 76 3 .265 97 6.9 4.0 0.3 8.4 62% .277 .213 1.21 3.14 1.89 93 3.91 84.0
2003 MIN MLB 73 0 63.0 2 0 0 66 42 50 7 .265 100 9.4 6.0 1.0 7.1 53% .311 .269 1.71 5.23 5.00 114 7.73 162.0
2003 Car Wnt 3 0 3.0 0 0 0 4 2 3 0 .000 12.0 6.0 0.0 9.0 0% -.800 .000 2.00 2.99 12.00 0 0.00 0.0
2003 San Wnt 11 0 13.3 2 3 1 16 6 11 4 .000 10.8 4.1 2.7 7.4 0% -.571 .000 1.65 6.60 6.77 0 0.00 0.0
2004 MIN MLB 74 0 74.3 7 4 1 61 38 69 4 .261 101 7.4 4.6 0.5 8.4 59% .281 .225 1.33 3.73 3.51 98 4.44 91.5
2004 ROC AAA 3 3 8.0 0 0 0 4 5 11 1 .000 4.5 5.6 1.1 12.4 0% .188 .000 1.12 4.38 2.25 0 0.00 0.0
2005 MIN MLB 68 0 57.0 4 3 0 50 39 48 6 .264 97 7.9 6.2 0.9 7.6 58% .267 .274 1.56 5.09 3.47 116 7.20 154.9
2006 ANA MLB 65 0 48.3 1 2 0 57 28 31 3 .264 102 10.6 5.2 0.6 5.8 58% .331 .280 1.76 4.51 6.70 120 7.25 147.6
2006 PUR wor 3 0 2.1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 .000 8.6 0.0 0.0 8.6 0% .250 .000 0.95 0.15 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2007 BOS MLB 23 0 20.0 1 0 1 24 15 11 2 .269 101 10.8 6.8 0.9 5.0 56% .333 .304 1.95 5.75 3.15 114 5.66 117.1
2007 PHI MLB 51 0 36.3 1 2 0 15 25 31 1 .267 104 3.7 6.2 0.2 7.7 65% .167 .185 1.10 4.05 1.24 115 5.29 109.5
2008 PHI MLB 81 0 59.0 4 4 1 41 38 52 5 .270 98 6.3 5.8 0.8 7.9 62% .232 .238 1.34 4.62 2.75 97 3.30 70.3
2009 PHI MLB 21 0 16.7 0 0 0 13 13 12 2 .260 94 7.0 7.0 1.1 6.5 54% .250 .260 1.56 5.87 2.70 92 3.09 66.2
2009 LWD A 1 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .252 83 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 25% .000 -.027 0.00 1.45 0.00 95 4.07 101.1
2009 CLR A+ 1 0 0.3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .229 110 0.0 30.0 0.0 30.0 0% .000 .265 3.33 6.52 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2009 REA AA 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .221 101 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 100% .000 .005 0.00 6.13 0.00 103 4.69 104.4
2009 LEH AAA 5 1 4.7 0 1 0 5 2 5 0 .247 101 9.6 3.8 0.0 9.6 62% .385 .234 1.49 2.30 3.83 95 4.29 101.7
2010 PHI MLB 60 0 36.7 1 0 3 30 29 28 3 .279 93 7.4 7.1 0.7 6.9 61% .255 .259 1.61 5.41 3.68 110 3.93 88.6
2010 CLR A+ 3 3 4.0 0 0 0 3 1 5 1 .274 95 6.8 2.2 2.2 11.2 40% .222 .251 1.00 4.93 2.25 95 3.87 99.1
2010 LEH AAA 3 1 2.3 0 1 0 2 4 4 0 .258 85 7.8 15.7 0.0 15.7 60% .400 .297 2.61 5.02 0.00 100 5.49 107.6
2011 COL MLB 12 0 8.3 1 0 0 12 3 9 1 .248 121 13.0 3.2 1.1 9.7 59% .393 .313 1.80 3.47 4.32 108 6.02 140.0
2011 PHI MLB 24 0 16.3 0 0 0 16 12 10 0 .257 91 8.8 6.6 0.0 5.5 56% .308 .278 1.71 4.15 3.86 110 5.28 122.7
2011 LWD A 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .284 79 0.0 9.0 0.0 9.0 0% .000 .198 1.00 4.52 0.00 101 4.22 102.0
2011 CSP AAA 3 0 2.7 0 0 0 2 3 3 0 .258 136 6.8 10.1 0.0 10.1 71% .286 .215 1.88 4.90 3.38 107 5.00 104.3
2011 SWB AAA 11 0 12.3 1 0 0 11 5 10 0 .252 90 8.0 3.6 0.0 7.3 57% .297 .261 1.30 3.56 2.92 98 4.47 101.9
2011 SYR AAA 5 0 7.0 0 0 0 3 1 5 0 .263 96 3.9 1.3 0.0 6.4 78% .167 .104 0.57 2.23 1.29 98 4.34 101.0
2012 BAL MLB 5 0 4.0 0 0 0 7 1 1 1 .255 110 15.8 2.2 2.2 2.2 37% .333 .362 2.00 6.54 6.75 123 8.49 194.6
2012 SLN MLB 11 0 8.0 0 0 0 14 2 5 3 .259 100 15.8 2.2 3.4 5.6 48% .367 .367 2.00 7.88 10.12 108 4.45 102.1
2012 COH AAA 8 0 8.7 0 0 1 4 3 7 3 .267 115 4.2 3.1 3.1 7.3 55% .053 .195 0.81 7.08 3.12 99 5.02 106.5
2012 NOR AAA 17 1 14.3 1 0 2 10 5 13 0 .259 91 6.3 3.1 0.0 8.2 60% .250 .202 1.05 2.60 2.51 99 5.07 106.8
2012 CAR Wnt 14 0 15.3 1 1 7 12 5 16 1 .000 7.0 2.9 0.6 9.4 0% .282 .000 1.11 3.27 2.35 0 0.00 0.0
2013 COH AAA 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 .269 105 4.5 9.0 0.0 9.0 60% .200 .243 1.50 4.20 4.50 96 7.51 126.0
2013 SYR AAA 13 0 12.7 0 1 0 13 4 16 1 .261 99 9.2 2.8 0.7 11.4 67% .344 .250 1.34 2.64 2.84 95 3.94 99.2
2013 PUR int 4 0 3.7 0 0 1 4 2 5 0 .000 9.8 4.9 0.0 12.3 0% .400 .000 1.64 2.53 4.91 0 0.00 0.0
2015 PUE AAA 5 0 6.0 0 0 2 3 3 5 1 .000 4.5 4.5 1.5 7.5 0% .125 .000 1.00 5.52 3.00 0 0.00 0.0
2015 CAR Wnt 7 0 5.7 0 0 1 11 2 4 0 .000 17.5 3.2 0.0 6.4 0% .550 .000 2.29 2.29 6.35 0 0.00 0.0
2016 PUR Wnt 1 0 0.7 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .000 13.5 0.0 13.5 0.0 0% .000 .000 1.50 22.17 13.50 0 0.00 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 989 0.3842 0.4055 0.7257 0.5789 0.2972 0.8500 0.5746 0.2743
2009 310 0.3516 0.3645 0.7522 0.5138 0.2836 0.8393 0.6667 0.2478
2010 666 0.4024 0.3904 0.7538 0.5410 0.2889 0.8552 0.6261 0.2462
2011 438 0.4749 0.4269 0.7647 0.6346 0.2391 0.8409 0.5818 0.2353
2012 207 0.4783 0.4444 0.8478 0.5758 0.3241 0.9474 0.6857 0.1522
Career26100.40770.40350.75220.57060.28590.85630.60870.2478

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-05-13 2012-05-13 DTD 0 0 Right Ankle Sprain Was Released Shortly Afterwards - -
2011-04-19 2011-05-04 15-DL 15 13 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2010-10-03 2010-10-03 DTD 0 0 Low Back Soreness -
2010-03-26 2010-04-22 15-DL 27 14 Left Elbow Recovery From Surgery Flexor Tendon 2009-10-07
2009-09-29 2009-11-05 DTD 37 6 Left Elbow Surgery Flexor Tendon 2009-10-07
2009-07-20 2009-09-28 15-DL 70 66 Left Forearm Strain -
2008-06-11 2008-06-14 DTD 3 3 Groin Strain -
2005-06-18 2005-06-22 DTD 4 3 Ankle Sprain -
2003-09-15 2003-09-17 DTD 2 2 Hip Laceration Sitting on a Scalpal -
2003-08-20 2003-08-20 DTD 0 0 Head Contusion -
2003-07-22 2003-07-25 DTD 3 3 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2003-06-07 2003-06-15 DTD 8 7 Groin Soreness -
2000-03-25 2000-05-10 15-DL 46 34 Left Shoulder Strain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 SLN $750,000
2011 PHI $1,350,000
2010 PHI $4,250,000
2009 PHI $4,250,000
2008 PHI $3,250,000
2007 BOS $1,600,000
2006 ANA $2,200,000
2005 MIN $1,250,000
2004 MIN $820,000
2003 MIN $325,000
2002 MIN $215,000
2001 MIN $207,500
2000 MIN $200,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$20,667,500
13 yrTotal$20,667,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 69 dMelvin Roman1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Washington as a free agent 3/22/13 (minor-league contract). Opted out of contract 6/13. Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 6/7/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2012). Signed by St. Louis as a free agent 12/15/11. May earn additional $0.75M in performance bonuses. Released by St. Louis 5/14/12. Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 5/23/12 (minor-league contract). Opted out of contract with Baltimore 7/10/12. Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 7/20/12 (minor-league contract). Acquired by Baltimore in trade from Cleveland 8/13/12. Contract purchased by Baltimore 8/14/12. DFA by Baltimore 8/24/12 (refused assignment).
  • 1 year/$1.35M (2011). Re-signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 1/6/11. DFA by Philadelphia 6/17/11, released 6/24/11. Signed by Washington as a free agent 6/29/11 (minor-league contract). Released by Washington 7/14/11. Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 7/14/11 (minor-league contract). Released by NY Yankees 8/8/11. Signed by Colorado as a free agent 8/15/11 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Colorado 8/15/11.
  • 3 years/$12M (2008-10), plus 2011 club option. Re-signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 11/10/07. $0.75M signing bonus, 08:$3M, 09:$4M, 10:$4M, 11:$4.5M club option, $0.25M buyout. Price of 2011 option increases to $5M with 180 games in 2008-10. No-trade protection. Philadelphia declined 2011 option 10/26/10.
  • 1 year/$1.6M (2007). Signed by Boston as a free agent 12/06. DFA by Boston. 6/9/07, released 6/19/07. Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 6/22/07 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Philadelphia 6/29/07. Performance bonus: $50,000 each for 55, 60, 65, games. $75,000 each for 25, 30 games finished. $0.1M each for 35, 40, 45 games finished. $0.25M each for 50, 55 games finished. Award bonuses: $50,000 each for All-Star, LCS MVP, Gold Glove. $0.1M each for WS MVP, MVP ($50,000 for 2nd, $25,000 for 3rd). $0.15M for Cy Young ($0.1M for 2nd, $75,000 for 3rd). $0.15M for Rolaids ($0.1M for 2nd, $75,000 for 3rd, $50,000 for 4th-5th).
  • 2 years/$3.7M (2005-06), plus 2007 club option. Re-signed by Minnesota 1/05. 05:$1.25M, 06:$2.2M, 07:$2.75M club option, $0.25M buyout (option may increase to $3.5M). Acquired by LA Angels in trade from Minnesota 12/05. LA Angels declined 2007 option 10/06.
  • 1 year/$0.82M (2004)
  • 1 year/$0.325M (2003)
  • 1 year/$0.215M (2002)

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 It took very little to convince three separate teams to discard the once-effective J.C. Romero last year, so stick a fork in him.
2012 J.C. Romero has always had trouble throwing strikes but remains tough against lefties, which keeps him in the big leagues. If you're trying to hang onto a career with one skill, that isn't a bad one to have.
2011 Romero should never be allowed to face righties—they have a career .381 OBP against him—but he still has value against lefties. LOOGYs don’t have $4 million-per-year value, though, which is why the Phillies declined his option. Romero has barely thrown 50 innings in the last two seasons, so any team looking to acquire him should closely examine the state of both his body and his psyche. That said, he’s long had the ground-ball-aided ability to outperform his strikeout and walk rates; he also hasn’t had a BABIP above .265 since 2006.
2010 Romero has been devastating to same-handed hitters throughout his Phillies tenure, and his 2008 season showed the kind of dominance he can bring to the table, as he allowed a measly .102/.189/.193 line to lefties, and a raw OPS of 382 against a 698 league average for lefty-on-lefty action. His 2009 campaign was derailed by both a controversial suspension and subsequent injuries, and should be written off more than it should be used to develop expectations for the upcoming season. Even with his career-long problem with free passes, Romero should have little trouble reclaiming his tag as one of the best specialists in the league.
2009 One of the best dumpster discoveries of the last couple of seasons, the rubber-armed lefty logged his second 81-game season of his career while riffing on his particular three true outcomes: walks, strikeouts, and grounders. With a lively sinker/slider mix, he's not exactly a situational lefty as much as he's situational—seeing lots of runners aboard situations—in his usage pattern and he's also left-handed, but he's not really a LOOGY. Manuel would use him to turn around switch-hitters, or, a first lefty batter gotten, leave him in to intentionally walk a dangerous right-hander and then tackle the next lefty. Because Romero's a ground-ball guy who freezes the running game, Manuel could afford to take certain risks instead of pedantically alternating lefties and righties. Although Romero's protesting his innocence, a 50-game suspension in the offseason for use of a banned stimulant will put a crimp in his availability early on.
2008 Romero seemed to be trending downward over the last few seasons, so it's hard to fault the Red Sox for cutting bait as soon as they did. The problem with using a pitcher whose control is as poor as Romero's as a match-up lefty is that he's so likely to issue a walk that you don't know if he'll end up facing the hitter you wanted him to or the Vlad Guerrero-type that's due up next. The other problem with using Romero specifically as a match-up lefty is that he's useful against right-handed hitters, and such use fails to exploit his more valuable ability to work whole innings. All of that said, Romero was indeed successful in shutting down lefties when he did pitch to them last year, holding them to .208/.333/.312 with no home runs. The Phillies re-signed him to a three-year, $12 million deal with a club option for 2011. This was perhaps a bit overzealous, but given the state of their bullpen and the free agent market, their importunate reaction is understandable.
2007 Before 2006, Scioscia had been a little haphazard about getting with the situational program and employing lefty specialists with any regularity. To his credit, he seemed to recognize there are better ways to use the last spot in a bullpen during the regular season. This year was different, as the Angels made a point of going out and getting Romero from the Twins. He succeeded as the team`s token situational lefty, holding southpaws to .202/.298/.303. Unfortunately, even with that going for him, he got beaten up a little too regularly and fell out of favor before the All-Star break. His walk rate, already a barely-tenable four unintentionals per nine innings from 2003 to 2005, spiked to almost five. Discarded, Romero signed up with the Red Sox. In his place the Angels have added lefties Darren Oliver, through free agency, and Phil Seibel, via trade Boston.
2006 Like Crain, Romero was most often put into situations where he had to solve other people`s problems. He wasn`t as effective at it, allowing hitters to reach base at a .442 clip with runners already on, which is sort of like using a Molotov cocktail to put out a grease fire. Dealt to the Angels this winter, he has a good shot at bouncing back and pitching in something more than a lefty specialist role.
2005 The other half of the setup tandem that turned over so many save situations to Joe Nathan, Romero didn't mow down lefties with his usual aplomb, but the Twins realize that he's not just a situational lefty. He's a more valuable thing indeed, a rubber-armed middle reliever in the old sense of the term, ready to work in situational roles or toss two or three innings when a starter has to hit the showers early. He kills the running game, and keeps the ball on the ground, which proves particularly handy with men on base, and he can overpower hitters with his low-90s sinker. As long as he keeps that walk rate in check, he's a valuable asset. The Twins rewarded him with a two-year deal.
2004 You think you had a particularly rough year? Consider the year of J. C. Romero, then count your blessings. His ERA and HR rate both more than doubled from the previous year. In September, he sat on a knife, forcing him to get stitches in his butt. In August, Ben Broussard whacked him on the head with a foul ball in batting practice. He probably got audited. There's a good chance he had to sit through "The Cat in the Hat" in the Cineplex around Christmastime, and his pal Sam Waksal was convicted and headed for jail. Don't complain to Romero about your problems. He doesn't need to hear it. Is he likely to have another year that bad? On the field, 2002 looks like an anomaly; he had never reached those levels of performance before, and he's not likely to ever match them. But he does have some strength in his peripherals; he'll probably be at or near league average. As for the rest of it, you have to think he'll find a crisp $20 bill somewhere this year.
2003 With the wealth of alternatives the Twins have to choose from to stock the back end of the rotation, they had to find some way to put all of the quality arms they have knocking around to work. In Romero’s case, they kept him as the third lefty, and he wound up being the rubber-armed strong man in one of the league’s best pens. He’s good with runners on base, keeps the ball low and in the infield, and squelches the running game. After a season like this, he may never go back to the rotation, making him a left-handed Keith Foulke in terms of what might have been, and the new Eddie Guardado in terms of what is.
2002 This smallish left-hander throws lots of stuff down, and he battled back problems for a large part of the season. Romero was eventually sent down to Edmonton, where he pitched well. He'll be in the mix for the swing-man/fifth-starter role in spring training, and he's capable of pitching well either out of the pen or in the rotation. Most clubs that have seven candidates for the #5 starter job are looking at a bunch of guys who resemble Mike Oquist on a good day, or who’ve had more stitches in their arms than a box of baseballs. The Twins actually have a few guys with high ceilings vying for those spots.
2001 J.C. Romero started the season on the DL with a strained shoulder but came back flashing his same nice assortment: low-90s heat, a slurve, a cutter, and a change-up. He may get pushed into situational relief because left-handed hitters struggle to do anything against him. While Romero will compete with Kinney for the last rotation slot, he’d be better off in the pen, getting spot starts against teams like the A’s.
2000 The wild left-hander came over from Puerto Rico to play for the University of Mobile and has shot up the ladder since being drafted in 1997. This summer, he jumped to the majors after pitching in the Pan Am Games. He generates groundball outs, flashing a good fastball, curve and slider. Romero is the guy who’s going to make Eddie Guardado expendable.
1999 Romero chewed up the Eastern League in a middle relief role. He's fighting the well-entrenched bias against small pitchers, but his performance demands some attention. In the mix with Miller and Cumberland for an 11th man spot with the Twins, and he has the best success record.

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DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveReally a shame, the fans getting on J.C. Romero like this, out of the blue. The guy's not even active. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-22 16:30:00World Series Game One"Bill (New Mexico): Are you folks surprised that Manuel didn't DH Howard and let someone play first who can field the position?"

That player doesn't exist on this roster. Well, Eric Bruntlett, but if he wanted to do that he would have done it with Burrell.

It's kind of funny watching everyone run across the limitations of this roster. Wait until J.C. Romero has to face Evan Longoria.
(Joe Sheehan)
 

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