Reliever Romero agrees to three-year, $12M deal with Phillies
The Phillies have a club option for a fourth that could bring the total value of the contract to $16.75 million, assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
"J.C. had an outstanding three months for us this year, particularly down the stretch," Amaro said. "He was an integral part of our winning the NL East and we're very happy we could get him signed before he hit the open market."
The 30-year-old left-hander went 2-2 with one save and a 1.92 ERA in 74 games with the Phillies and Boston Red Sox last season. Romero had a 3.15 ERA in 23 games with Boston before being released on June 18.
He signed a minor league contract with the Phillies on June 23, and made his National League debut six days later against the New York Mets.
Romero had a 1.24 ERA in 51 games with the Phillies. He worked 15 2/3 scoreless innings in his last 20 appearances of the regular season and went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three playoff games.
"I'm glad I didn't have to go out and test the free agent market," Romero said. "I had a great time with the Phillies and really wanted to come back."
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