Monday, April 27, 2015

Please Sign Ricky Romero, Now

Ricky Romero was the sixth overall pick in the 2005 MLB FIrst Year Players Draft and was a thorn in the side of the New York Yankees for more than a couple seasons in his time with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays thought so highly of him that the team gave him a $30.1 million contract that ran through the 2015 season and included an option with a buyout for the 2016 season. How quickly the might fall though in Major League Baseball as this weekend the Blue Jays released Romero from his deal and will pay him his $7.5 million for the 2015 season and his $600K buyout for the 2016 season. It's time for the Yankees to pounce.

While Romero is far removed from his best season in 2011 when he posted a 2.92 ERA with a 7.1 K/9 ratio in 225 IP for Toronto but is still just 30 years old and left handed. Romero really hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2012 and has battled various issues and injuries including the knee injury that ended his 2014 season after nine minor league starts. Now Romero could be had for the league minimum with the Blue Jays paying the remainder of his salary and would likely command just a minor league deal since he has yet to pitch in 2015. There's no such thing as a bad minor league deal, I've said it many times.

New York has taken fliers on many pitchers in similar positions to Romero including Andrew Bailey most recently and it's time for Romero to be the 2015 and 2016 versions of Bailey. Sign the young man and hope he has something left on that left arm, and if he doesn't what is the loss? Hal Steinbrenner spends more than $500K a year at the Chinese restaurant every year.

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