Signed to a minor league deal in May, Romano had his contract selected last week and he tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings over two appearances in the pinstripes. At the Triple-A level, Romano has a 3.47 ERA and a below-average 16% strikeout rate over 23 1/3 relief innings for the Yankees’ top affiliate.
This is the third time Romano has hit DFA limbo in 2021, as the Reds outrighted him off their 40-man roster back in February and then designated him again in May. Romano chose to become a free agent rather than accept another outright assignment, and he again has that option in the wake of this latest roster move, unless another team claims him off waivers during the DFA period.
A veteran of five Major League seasons, Romano has a 5.10 ERA over 273 1/3 career innings with the Reds and Yankees. Romano drew some attention as a potential future starter during his time in Cincinnati’s farm system, though that promise has yet to translate into any sustained success at the big league level.