Source: Jays give Romero record deal

The Blue Jays locked up one of their top starting pitchers Saturday, reaching agreement with left-hander Ricky Romero on a five-year, $30.1 million contract extension, according to a major-league source.

The guarantee is the largest ever for a starting pitcher. It matches the contract given to Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo for the largest guarantee for a pitcher with less than three years of service, excluding foreign pitchers such as Dice-K Matsuzaka and Jose Contreras.

Romero, 25, has made 52 career starts, going 22-16 with a 3.94 ERA. He is 3-6 with a 6.99 ERA against the Yankees and Red Sox, 19-10 with a 3.17 ERA against all other opponents.

The contract will run from 2011-15.

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