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O’s trade for LHP J.C. Romero

The Orioles added a much-needed left-handed pitcher to their bullpen by adding J.C. Romero through a trade with the Cleveland Indians.

By: Mark Foudos

The Orioles have acquired left-handed relief pitcher J.C. Romero from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league infielder Carlos Rojas. The Orioles had Romero earlier this year but did not call him up and he opted for free agency.

Just five and a half games out of first place thanks to a recent surge to cut the Yankee’s lead in the division the Orioles are in a position that they haven’t been in for a long time, able to add to their lineup for a playoff run. Baltimore wanted to add depth to their bullpen and with six righties they were desperate for a lefty. Troy Patton was the only lefty in the bullpen prior to the trade.

Adding Romero prevents Patton from being overworked and will give him more rest and will allow the Orioles to stretch out their bullpen better than they were.

Romero was in the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this year and pitched eight innings in 11 games but struggled with a 10.13 ERA and 2.00 WHIP. He has been in the minors for most of the season and in 25 games he has posted a 2.74 ERA with three saves and a victory. At this point Romero is primarily a lefty specialist and while that is limiting it is something the Orioles just have not had much of this year.

Brittany Ghiroliof reported that Romero will take Miguel Socolovich’s spot on the 25 man roster.

The 28-year-old Rojas spent a few games with the Double-A Bowie Baysox and has had success, hitting .298, but struggled at the plate for most of the season with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, hitting just .208.

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