Another one of the veterans that executive vice president Dan Duquette had stashed at Triple-A Norfolk has opted out of his contract.
Left-handed reliever J.C. Romero, who was 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA in 17 games (one start), had an opt-out clause in his contract at the All-Star break and chose to enact it, the team announced.
Romero, 36, had allowed 10 hits, five walks and struck out 13 batters in 14 1/3 innings for the Tides while picking up two saves. He had missed some time for personal reasons and had given up four earned runs in his past four appearances.
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The Orioles’ big-league bullpen has been outstanding, and if they needed to call up a short-inning reliever, Miguel Socolovich looks like the first in line. The Orioles have Zach Phillips at Triple-A Norfolk in case they need a lefty specialist.
So Romero, who has pitched for six different clubs in his 14-year big-league career, is now a free agent.