Quadriceps surgery can now be added to the list of things that have contributed to derailing Ricky Romero’s once-promising career.
Romero has been a mess since 2011–when he made the All-Star team as a 26-year-old–posting a 5.77 ERA with a league-high 105 walks in 2012 and then spending most of last season at Triple-A. He’s back at Triple-A again this year and walked 42 batters in 38 innings, but Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Romero is now expected to miss the remainder of the season following surgery to have “inflammation cleaned out in his quadriceps tendon.”
Romero is making $7.5 million this season and is still owed another $7.5 million next season as part of a $30 million contract extension inked prior to 2011. It seems weird to say about a 29-year-old just three seasons removed from being an All-Star, but the odds are probably stacked against Romero throwing another pitch in the majors at this point.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.