Phillies Keep Romero With Extension

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With Brad Lidge coming to town, the Phillies set their sites on making sure that the rest of their bullpen will be able to get to Lidge. A big step in that process was signing lefty J.C. Romero to a three-year deal.

J.C. Romero put together an impressive showing as the Phillies main late inning lefty out of the bullpen in 2007. With free agency calling, the Phillies and Romero were able to agree on a three-year deal that could potentially be worth $16.75 million if the Phillies pick up the option on a fourth season.

Romero was 2-2 with a 1.92 ERA for the Phillies in 2007. The only potential knock on him is that he walked 40 and struck out 42 in his 56.2 innings of work. Against left-handed hitters, Romero had a 2.05 ERA and opposing lefties had an average of just .207 against Romero in 2007. As a Phillie, opposing left-handed hitters managed just a .125 average. While Romero was used primarily as a left-handed specialist, right-handed hitters hit just .133 against him during his run with the Phillies.

Romero had pitched for the Twins, Angels and Red Sox before joining the Phillies after Boston released him last June.

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