Reliever J.C. Romero(notes) pitched in 24 games for the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this season before the team released him, even though he had been a part of the team's success since 2007.
This year, however, he had pitched 16.1 innings, allowed 16 hits and seven runs. After being released, he signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals with the stipulation that the team had to bring him up to the big club by July 15 or release him.
ESPN reports that Romero will opt out of his contract so he can sign a minor league deal with the New York Yankees unless the Nationals promote him.
The 35-year-old lefty could possibly fill the slot left empty by Pedro Feliciano's(notes) season-ending injury.
UPDATE: Washington released Romero, who immediately signed with the Yankees. He'll be available to pitch out of the bullpen in Triple-A on Thursday night.
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