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.
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.