J.C. Romero has found another new home.
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the veteran left-hander agreed to a minor league contract Saturday with the Indians. He was sent to Triple-A Columbus, where he’ll attempt to prove that he’s worthy of a major league roster spot.
Romero was cut by the Cardinals in mid-May after allowing 14 hits and nine earned runs in just eight innings of relief. He then signed on with the Orioles but lasted less than six weeks in that organization.
The 36-year-old southpaw has a 4.15 career ERA and 1.51 career WHIP in 657-plus major league frames.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.