Remember the Free JC movement? Well, the Phillies are setting JC Romero free for real this time, as in free agency. The strikezone impaired lefty reliever had his $4.5M option declined yesterday and will receive a $250K payout instead. I recall WSBGMs not caring when Romero was signed to his 3 year $12M deal, and we remain indifferent.
The Phillies already have Romero's replacement in the form of Antonio Bastardo. Bastardo, like Romero, is small in stature for a pitcher, is lefthanded, is wild, and hails from somewhere of Spanish-speaking origin. Freakin' clone right?!
Anyway, JC's time here was both good and bad. Over the 4 years he posted a 6-6 record in 213 games spanning 148.2 innings with 2.60 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 105:123 BB:K ratio.
Personally, I'll never forget his run-in with a Flordia Marlins fan (yeah, I had to check that too, they actually exist). He also won WSBGMs fan vote for Phillie to be tattooed in order to replace the departed Brett Myers.