Left-hander J.C. Romero has opted out of his minor league contract with the Nationals and is working to finalize a new minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 3, 2013
As the Indians have stumbled through the last several weeks largely due to a depleted bullpen, the need for left-handed pitchers has increased exponentially. Nick Hagadone, Rich Hill and David Huff—the three left-handers to get predominant time for the Tribe this season—have Earned Run Averages of 7.20, 8.44 and 15.00, respectively. Hill alone has allowed 20 hits and 10 walks in just 16 innings of work. Huff was designated for assignment on May 23 and was subsequently claimed by the New York Yankees.
Romero, 37, had a 2.84 ERA with 16 strikeouts and four walks in 12 2/3 innings for Washington’s Triple-A affiliate this season. Through 14 Major League seasons, Romero has a 4.16 ERA with 7.2 K/9 and 5.1 BB/9. He’s held opposing lefties to a .220/.314/.298 in his career.