The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting the Phillies have reached a multi-year contract with relief pitcher JC Romero. Romero signed a three-year, $12 million dollar contract. The contract also holds a team option for a fourth season.
Romero was the most consistent reliever in the Phillies bullpen last season. After being picked up off of waivers from the Boston Red Sox, Romero posted a 1-2 record with a 1.23 ERA in 51 appearances.
General Manager Pat Gillick said pitching was the number one priority this off-season, and so far the 2008 pitching staff is shaping up. Wednesday’s trade for Brad Lidge gives the Phillies the ability to move Brett Myers back into the rotation. With Romero back in the fold the back end of the Phillies bullpen will consist of Lidge, Romero, Tom Gordon and Ryan Madson. This is a far cry from the likes of Geoff Geary, Jose Mesa, and Antonio Alfonseca.
Only two weeks into the off-season and the Phillies are active. There are still holes to fill, hopefully they’ll keep it up.