Phillies decline option on Romero

The off-season is officially here and J.C. Romero is the first casualty. The Phillies chose giving him a $250,000 buyout rather than pick up his $4.5 million option for the 2011 season.

The Phillies signed Romero in June of 2007 after he was released by the Boston Red Sox. In his tenure with the Phillies, Romero posted a 2.60 ERA in 213 appearances with the Phillies, including going 2-1 with a 0.87 ERA. Both of his wins came in the Phillies World Series victory over Tampa Bay.

The Phillies have just three relievers – Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson and Denys Baez – under contract for next season. All three are right-handers.

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