Romero signed a one-year, $440,000 contract to play for the Chunichi Dragons, the Japan Times reports.
Romero pitched for three different MLB teams last season (KC, PIT, WAS) making eight appearances with a 12.60 ERA, but didn't find work after he was released by his third team in July. At age 28 next season, he could still make his way back to MLB with some success in Japan.
Romero elected free agency after being designated for assignment by the Royals last weekend.
Since Romero was not claimed off waivers, he will be able to latch on with a team of his choosing following this move. Across eight big-league outings this year, he's struggled to the tune of a 12.60 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 10 innings of relief split between Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Washington.
Romero was designated for assignment by the Royals on Saturday.
Romero was claimed off waivers by the Royals in early July after being designated for assignment by the Pirates, and allowed nine runs -- including three home runs -- across only four innings of work with the Royals. The 27-year-old has a 12.60 ERA and 2.90 WHIP over 10 innings between stints with the Royals, Pirates and Nationals this season.
Romero was claimed off waivers by the Royals on Thursday.
The former Pittsburgh Pirate didn't have to wait long to find a new team after being DFA'd on Tuesday. Romero, who was effective in 2017 with a 3.56 ERA, struggled to secure a role on both the Nationals and Pirates this season with just four total appearances. The Royals' dearth of reliable bullpen options should allow Romero to step into a regular middle-relief role, however.
Romero (shoulder) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and designated for assignment, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Romero just finished up a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis and will remain with the affiliate unless claimed off waivers or traded over the coming days. The reliever initially landed on the disabled list in late April with a left shoulder impingement, which has limited his output to just four appearances in the big leagues this year. During 53 outings with the Nationals last year, he logged a 3.56 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across 55.2 innings.
Romero (shoulder) moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.
Romero has already made three rehab appearances, with the last two coming for Double-A Altoona. The move to Indianapolis will presumably represent his last stop on the minor-league assignment, but it's unclear if he'll be added back to the active roster once he's reinstated from the DL. The Pirates have already designated Romero for assignment once this season and may not view him as a viable bullpen option for the big club.
Romero (shoulder) gave up one run on three hits and retired two hitters in his rehab outing Tuesday for High-A Bradenton.
The appearance marked Romero's first competitive action in about six weeks after he was shut down with left shoulder inflammation. Though he labored through Tuesday's outing, he at least threw 20 of his 26 pitches for strikes. He'll likely require another tune-up appearance or two in the minors before the Pirates consider activating him from the 10-day disabled list.
Romero (shoulder) is throwing off a slope at the Pirates' spring training facility, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Romero has been sidelined since April 25 with a shoulder impingement, but he's starting to ramp up his throwing. The southpaw is set to throw off a mound later in the week for the first time since landing on the disabled list. If everything goes well during his side session, Romero could be cleared to face live hitters shortly thereafter.
Romero (shoulder) is throwing off flat ground in Florida, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
He is progressing, but doesn't appear to be on the verge of activation. Romero has been sidelined with the left shoulder impingement since April 25.
Romero was placed on the disabled list due to a left shoulder impingement Sunday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
It was initially reported that Romero had been designated for assignment Sunday. However, the Pirates were unable to as it was revealed that Romero injured himself in his last outing. As a result, he'll head to the disabled list instead.
Romero was designated for assignment Sunday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Romero continues to bounce around this season, as he's already been designated for assignment by both the Nationals and the Pirates in 2018. After being claimed off waivers April 16 by Pittsburgh, he made two appearances out of the bullpen, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five. The Pirates made the move in order to make room for Nick Kingham on the 25-man roster.
Romero will join the Pirates' bullpen Monday.
The southpaw was claimed off waivers by the Pirates on Saturday, and he'll remain in the big leagues with his new organization. As a member of the Nationals, he produced a 3.56 ERA in 55.2 innings pitched last season, but struggled in two appearances this year. Romero will likely work in lower-leverage situations with Pittsburgh.
Romero was claimed off waivers by the Pirates on Saturday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Romero was designated for assignment by the Nationals last Saturday. In parts of five seasons in the majors, the 27-year-old has a 4.70 ERA, though his 4.09 FIP indicates that he's perhaps deserved better numbers. In his 138 career innings, he's struck out a solid 23.9 percent of batters, though his 11.1 percent walk rate is a bit too high for him to carve out a high-leverage role.
Romero was designated for assignment Saturday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
The Nationals added a couple hitters to the 25-man roster, so they needed to clear space and Romero was the roster casualty. He has had brief stints of impressive work in the big leagues, but has primarily been limited to low-leverage work. It's possible he gets scooped up by another team on waivers.
Romero survived the final round of roster cuts and is set to be on the Opening Day roster, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.
For the moment, the Nats have decided they don't want to risk losing the hard-throwing left-hander on waivers and will keep him in their middle-relief corps despite a shaky spring. Romero posted a 3.56 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 65:23 K:BB in 55.2 innings last season, but he also gave up a 1.1 HR/9 and his 98 mph fastball lacks the movement necessary to be a truly dominant pitch, making him a long shot to see a meaningful role for fantasy purposes.
Romero is one of four left-handed relievers competing for two open spots in the Nationals' bullpen, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
Matt Grace, Sammy Solis and Tim Collins are also in the mix, although the Nats have some roster flexibility to keep more than two of them to begin the regular season with Koda Glover (shoulder) and Joaquin Benoit (forearm) both expected to land on the DL. Romero is out of minor-league options, but given the competition in camp that may not save him from being placed on waivers -- he's had the worst spring of the four lefties, posting a 3:5 K:BB in 6.1 innings, and being able to touch triple digits with his fastball won't help him record outs consistently without better command.
Romero (forearm) was activated from the disabled list Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.
Romero was sidelined nearly a month with his arm injury, but he is ready to rejoin the Nationals' bullpen. He will slot into a middle relief role the rest of the way.
Romero (forearm) will be activated from the 10-day disabled list Friday, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.
Romero, who has been sidelined since Aug. 4 with a left forearm strain, is ready to rejoin the Nationals' bullpen after making six minor-league rehab appearances for Triple-A Syracuse, allowing three earned runs and racking up eight strikeouts in 6.1 innings over that span. He'll return to his mid-leverage role out of the bullpen after he's activated Friday.
Romero (forearm) began a rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Syracuse, throwing a spotless inning of relief while adding a strikeout against Durham, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Romero has progressed quickly from a left forearm strain that derailed the southpaw just over two weeks ago. At the very least, he will likely pitch in another rehab appearance, but could feasibly return to the big-league club by the start of the Houston series next week. Throughout the course of the 2017 season, Romero has posted a 3.99 ERA and 1.46 WHIP over 47.1 innings.
Romero (forearm) threw a bullpen session Sunday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
While the session reportedly went well, no rehab assignment has been scheduled yet for the Nationals reliever. A timetable will remain fluid until he gets further along in the healing process, but throwing off a mound is a good sign that he should be able to return before the season's end.
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|2010||ASX-Hudson Valley Renega||5.0||1||1||0||1||0||0||4||5||1||1.80||1.200|
|2011||AFX-Bowling Green Hot Ro||114.0||26||26||0||5||5||0||140||68||104||4.26||1.509|
|2012||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||126.0||25||23||1||5||7||0||107||76||89||3.93||1.310|
|2015||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||6.2||2||2||0||0||1||0||5||4||8||7.26||1.935|
|2016||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||1.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0.00||0.000|