Orioles agree to terms with reliever J.C. Romero on minor league deal

The Orioles have agreed to terms with well-traveled left-handed reliever J.C. Romero on a minor league deal, the club announced Thursday afternoon.

Romero, 35, will be with his fourth organization since the beginning of the 2011 season. He was released by the Cardinals on May 14 after compiling a 10.13 ERA in eight relief innings. He had allowed nine runs in 3 1/3 innings in his past three outings before his release.

He will report to the Orioles' Triple-A team in Norfolk.

Romero owns a career 34-28 record with a 4.15 ERA with seven teams. His best recent season came in 2008 with the world champion Phillies, when he went 4-4 with a 2.75 ERA with 52 strikeouts and 49 hits in 59 innings.

Before the 2009 season, Romero was banned 50 games for testing positive for a banned substance.

He was a dominant reliever with the Twins early 2000s. In 2002, he was 9-2 with a 1.89 ERA, allowing just 62 hits in 81 innings.

Over the course of his career, Romero has held left-handed hitters to a .218 batting average.

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