J.C. Romero tells Bucks County Courier-Times scribe Randy Miller that his agent had engaged in contract discussions with the Phillies before the team decided on Dennys Reyes. But now the Reyes deal is off. [Link]
Romero, who’s spending the winter in Puerto Rico, said he’d welcome a return to Philadelphia if the Phillies would have him back. "Maybe this is a door that opens for me to go back to Philly," said Romero, commenting on the Reyes situation. "I hope so. My family loves it in Philly. I love it in Philly. I hope it works out and I can be back there. I felt they were closing the door for me when they signed Dennys, but everything happens for a reason." Romero also suggested that he’d accept a much lesser deal than the generous contract he received from the Phillies in 2007. "You have to understand that I'm not asking for $4 million," Romero said. "That's what I made at my best. It's not like I'm expensive right now."
Romero, 34, posted a 3.68 ERA and 28/29 K/BB ratio in 32 2-3 innings (60 appearances) last season, comparable numbers to Reyes, who also missed time with injury. Miller notes that with Pedro Feliciano’s reported pact with the Yankees, the lefty free agent pool has dwindled to Joe Beimel, Brian Fuentes, Randy Flores, Mark Hendrickson, Ron Mahay, Will Ohman, Hideki Okajima, Arthur Rhodes and Romero.