Lefty reliever JC Romero joins Cardinals

Left-handed reliever J.C. Romero has agreed to a $750,000,

one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The 35-year-old split last season between Philadelphia and

Colorado, going 1-0 with a 4.01 ERA in 24 2-3 innings over 36


Romero ended the 2011 season with Colorado after beginning the

year with Philadelphia. He was released by the Phillies in June, by

the Nationals in July and by the Yankees in August, spending time

in the Washington and New York minor league systems.

Romero has a 34-28 career record with a 4.07 ERA, winning the

World Series with Philadelphia in 2008. He leads lefties in games

pitched from 2002-11 with 633.

In addition to his salary, Romero can earn $750,000 in

performance bonuses.