Phillies still coming to terms with signing J.C. Romero
Updated: December 28, 2010

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The Phillies announced Tuesday that they were still coming to terms with the fact that they had signed J.C. Romero to a one-year deal on Monday.

Romero, who threw 17 strikes over 36.2 innings last season, was the Phillies’ final option for a left-handed reliever after every other available pitcher had signed with another team.

“We’re still trying to make some sense of what just happened,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said of signing Romero, who you could swear had a 67.00 ERA last season, but was somehow only 3.68. “Are you sure the Astros didn’t sign him? It just seems like they would have signed him by now. No? OK, so it was definitely us. Hmmm…that’s not good.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but team sources said that Romero could earn up to $37 billion in incentives if the pitcher were to retire two consecutive batters at any point during the season.

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