WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 29: J.C. Romero #16 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 29 2010 in Washington DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Yankees have agreed to a minor league contract with left-handed reliever J.C. Romero, who was released by the Nationals just minutes before signing with New York, is expected to begin pitching for New York's Triple-A affiliate, possibly as soon as tonight.
Ben Goessling originally reported Romero's release from the Nationals, whom he signed with last month after receiving his walking papers from the Phillies. As part of their contract, Romero could opt-out of his deal with Washington on July 15 if he wasn't already in the majors, and that appeared to be the direction that the two parties were going in. Romero continues his 2011 East Coast romp in New York now, though, as the Yankees continue their search for another left-handed reliever that isn't Boone Logan.