MLB Free Agency 2011: St. Louis Cardinals Sign Reliever J.C. Romero

According to the Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss, the St. Louis Cardinals have signed veteran lefthanded relief pitcher J.C. Romero to a one-year contract. Romero spent time with both the Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies in 2011, pitching 24.7 innings with a 4.01 ERA in the process. Romero gives the Cardinals a second lefty in the pen behind Marc Rzepczynski.

The Rockies were somewhat interested in bringing back Romero, according to the Denver Post's Troy Renck, but Romero got a guaranteed deal from St. Louis.

Over the course of a 13-year major league career, Romero has a 1.4 strikeout-to-walk-ratio in 649.3 innings with a 4.07 ERA. The Cards will be the sixth team he has played for.

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