Cardinals release veteran reliever J.C. Romero

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J.C. Romero coughed up multiple runs Saturday for the third straight appearance and he won’t get a chance to snap that streak with the Cardinals, as they released the veteran left-hander this morning.

Romero, who was signed to a one-year, $750,000 deal in December, finishes his time in St. Louis with a 10.13 ERA and .368 opponents’ batting average in 11 appearances.

Romero has bounced around an incredible amount in the past few seasons and his inability to consistently throw strikes or retire right-handed hitters really limits his role to left-handed specialist. And at age 36 even that might be too much responsibility.

Dominic Smith likely to start the season at Triple-A

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Following the Mets’ recent signing of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that fellow first baseman Dominic Smith is likely to start the season with Triple-A Las Vegas. That is contingent, of course, on the veteran Gonzalez’s ability to remain healthy, which isn’t a guarantee.

Smith, 22, struggled last season, batting .198/.262/.395 in 183 plate appearances. The Mets have also expressed concern about Smith’s conditioning. Puma reported in November that as a result of better dietary choices and a daily exercise regimen, Smith had already lost 11-12 pounds.

Gonzalez, 35, didn’t exactly have a stellar 2017 campaign. Along with battling back issues, Gonzalez hit .242/.287/.355 in 252 PA. That the Mets’ Plan A is to go with Gonzalez over Smith says something about their confidence in Smith.