The Nationals announced that right-hander Jhon Romero has been designated for assignment. The move opens up a roster spot for Nelson Cruz, whose signing is now official.
A veteran of six pro seasons, Romero had something of a breakout in 2021, posting a combined 2.62 ERA, 30.5% strikeout rate, and 4.87% walk rate with Double-A Harrisburg (47 2/3 IP) and Triple-A Rochester (7 1/3 IP). This performance earned Romero his first big league promotion, and he posted a 4.50 ERA over four innings with the Nationals late in the season.
With teams constantly on the lookout for live arms, it wouldn’t be a surprise if another team puts in a waiver claim on Romero, taking note of his big strikeout totals both in 2021 and in his three previous minor league campaigns. It’s possible Romero could be a bit of a late bloomer as he enters his age-27 season, and it’s safe to assume the Nats might prefer to see him slip through DFA waivers and remain in their organization.
Cue the next signing by the Cubs.