Indians Sign J.C. Romero

9:32pm: Romero can opt out of his contract if he is not called up the big leagues by August 15th according to Jon Heyman of (on Twitter).

4:07pm: The Indians have signed left-hander J.C. Romero to a minor league deal, according to Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer (via Twitter).  The veteran has been assigned to Triple-A Columbus.

Romero, 36, opted out of his deal with the Orioles and elected free agency last month.  The reliever initially hooked on with the Cardinals back in December but was cut loose just six weeks into the season.  Romero owns a career 4.15 ERA with 7.2 K/9 and 5.1 BB/9.

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