Sunday, November 11, 2007

Would the Real J.C. Please Stand Up

The Phillies just announced the re-signing on JC Romero. I am happy to have him back, but not at the cost of 4 million annually (3 years $12 million)...that's ridiculous cash for a pitcher coming off a season in which he got released and over his career has put ONE and a HALF runners on base per inning (walking almost 5 batters per 9 innings). Romero has been in the league for 9 years now, and in nearly half of those seasons he's posted an era of 5 or higher (7.02 in '00, 6.23 in '01, 5.00 in '03, and 6.70 in '06). Based on logic he's bound to have one decent season with the Phils, one mediocre season, and one shit-o-rific season...in other words not worth the money he's getting. Let's also not forget that his mere 3 months with Philadelphia and 36 innings pitched were his first foray into the NL, which is advantage pitcher the first time through the league (remember Moyer caught everyone off guard with his initial success at the end of the '06 season in his return to the NL, but they got used to him this past season). We needed a lefty in the 'pen, and Romero fits that description, but I am not pleased with the amount of loot thrown his way. Maybe I'll end up being wrong about this and the "JC" will stand for Jesus Christ as he'll be the bullpen savior, or possibly the "JC" will stand for Jeepers Creepers as he ends up with frighteningly ghastly relief stats in the next 3 seasons.

~Carson

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6 comments:

chuckm said...

Maybe I am being overly optimistic, but I can use Mike Timlin as an example of a pitcher who was pretty middling (at best) until he found the right situation with the Red Sox. Timlins best years statistically have all been with the Red Sox and he has been consistant year-in/out in his set role for Boston. Lets hope the same occurs with Romero. As commented earlier, if it does turn out to be a bust, he can be buried in the pen and as much as you dont like eating $4 mil a season for the next few years, it wouldnt exactly cripple the whole payroll. So, I will vote "mixed feelings" and hope for the best.

Skeeter said...

Yea, 4 million is a lot, but the bottom line is our team is better with him on it. We needed a lefty and we got it. Who cares about the cash. We all know the Phils have enough money in their fat pockets to the point that 4 million won't break their bank. If we had a payroll like that of the Marlins, Devils Rays (oh I'm sorry...I mean 'Rays')or Pirates, then it may be a problem. We can afford 4 million for a lefty reliever. He may succeed, he may just be average...but TPTB can certainly handle that amount of loot.

GM-Carson said...

I'm ok with Romero making 4 mil if that means Gillick doesn't hesitate to go land another reliever or two, plus another option for 3rd base and the outfield. There just doesn't seem to be a lot of payroll room left now that Lidge and Romero have been brought on for 10 mil or so.

kentucky phils phan said...

i have heard that the plan may not be moving brett myers back to the rotation, but rather to keep him as the closer. having JC, Lidge, then Myers 7th,8th, and 9th could be a legit way to close out games.

furiousBall said...

i'm ok with this. he was the one reliever i really wanted back. the only one in fact. the dollars are a little steep, but i like his work ethic and he adds a lot to our team

GM-Carson said...

If Brett Myers were to be kept in the closer's role- our backend of the bullpen would be making nearly 26 million dollars (Myers 8.5, Lidge 6, Gordon 5.5, Romero 4, and Madson 2)...we're not the Yankees!