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Phils, Romero agree on one-year deal

Phils, Romero agree on one-year deal

The new left-hander in the Phillies bullpen is the same as the old left-hander in the Phillies bullpen.

A source confirmed Monday morning a CSNPhilly.com report that J.C. Romero has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Phillies, pending a physical. Terms are unknown.

The Phillies had declined a $4.5 million club option on Romero following the 2010 season. They paid him a $250,000 buyout instead.

The Phillies were prepared to play without Romero in 2011, agreeing on a $1.1 million contract with left-hander Dennys Reyes. But the deal fell apart after Reyes flew into Philadelphia for his physical and the Phillies turned to Romero with few external options available.

Romero went 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA in 60 appearances last season, but has walked more batters (42) than he has struck out (40) the past two seasons. Romero joins other left-handed relievers on the 40-man roster like Antonio Bastardo, Mike Zagurski and Sergio Escalona. The Phillies also have left-hander Dan Meyer coming to big-league camp in February.

It is unknown how Romero's deal might affect right-hander Chad Durbin's chances of returning next season, although Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. had said recently they had little wiggle room to sign more players after signing Cliff Lee to a $120 million deal. But the Phillies would free up salary if they trade right-hander Joe Blanton, who is making $17 million over the next two seasons.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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