August 13, 2012 3:50 PM by Roch Kubatko
The Orioles have reacquired reliever J.C. Romero, according to multiple industry sources. According to one source, the Indians will receive a minor league infielder - an "organizational guy."
I'm hearing it's Norfolk infielder Carlos Rojas.
Romero opted out of his contract at Triple-A Norfolk and signed with the Indians' Triple-A affiliate in Columbus. He has an Aug. 15 opt-out, and the Indians weren't going to select his contract.
The Orioles had an agreement with the Indians that they could bring back Romero if they found a spot for him in their bullpen. Apparently, they found a spot now after optioning Socolovich.
Romero, 36, is 34-28 with a 4.15 ERA in parts of 14 major league seasons. He's posted a 2.74 ERA in 25 combined appearances with Norfolk and Columbus.
Romero would join Troy Patton as a second left-hander in the bullpen.
The Orioles will need to clear a spot for Romero on the 40-man roster.
http://www.masnsports.com/school_of_roc ... games.html
By Mike Axisa [August 13, 2012 at 3:05pm CST
The Orioles have acquired J.C. Romero from the Indians for minor league infielder Carlos Rojas, reports Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com (all Twitter links). The southpaw signed a minor league deal with Baltimore in May, but exercised his opt-out clause in July.
Romero, 36, signed a minor league contract with the Indians last month. He allowed nine runs in eight innings for the Cardinals earlier this season, and has pitched to a 2.74 ERA in 23 Triple-A innings since. Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain-Dealer says (on Twitter) that Romero could have opted out of his contract with Cleveland on Wednesday, but they weren't ready to call him up.
Rojas, 28, hit .226/.285/.248 in 147 plate appearances split between Double-A and Triple-A this season. He spent some time in the Cubs' farm system earlier in his career and has never been called up to the big leagues.
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/08/o ... mero-.html
I understand that Rojas is not a big loss but we had this guy in our system and let him go while we kept Gregg on the roster. [Shaking my head]