Blue Jays release left-hander Ricky Romero

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Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays have released left-hander Ricky Romero.

It looked like the Blue Jays had one of the best young left-handed pitchers in the game after Romero compiled a 3.60 (119 ERA+) across his first three seasons in the majors, but his career veered off track after 2011 due to control problems and knee issues. He led the American League in walks in 2012 while posting a 5.77 ERA over 32 starts and hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2013.

With less than two years of service time, Romero signed a five-year, $30.1 million extension with the Blue Jays in August of 2010. This is the final guaranteed year of the deal. It had the potential to be a team-friendly deal, as most extensions with young players are, but Romero’s fall is a reminder that there’s always some risk involved.