Nationals sign Phillies castoff J.C. Romero to minors deal

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J.C. Romero, who passed through waivers unclaimed and was released by the Phillies last week, has signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals and will report to Triple-A, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.

Philadelphia is on the hook for Romero’s entire $1.35 million salary, so the signing is basically a no-risk move for Washington and at the very least Romero still looks capable of being a solid left-handed specialist.

To be anything more than that he’d have to dramatically improve his control or cease being horrendous against right-handed hitters, neither of which seem likely at age 35.