The Royals announced earlier today that left-hander Enny Romero, who was recently designated for assignment, has cleared waivers and elected free agency rather than accepting an outright assignment to Triple-A. He’ll be free to sign with any club.
Kansas City claimed Romero, 27, off waivers from the Pirates earlier this month, but the hard-throwing southpaw lasted just four innings in the Royals’ bullpen. Romero was hammered for nine runs on 11 hits (three homers) and a pair of walks with three strikeouts in his short time as a Royal — a continuation of what has been a nightmarish followup to a solid 2017 campaign.
Last year, Romero worked to a 3.56 ERA with 10.5 K/9, 3.7 BB/9, 1.13 HR/9 and a 39 percent ground-ball rate through 55 2/3 innings with the Nationals. He ranked among the hardest-throwing pitchers in the game, averaging 98 mph on his fastball over the course of the 2017 campaign. In 2018, though, Romero’s velocity has dropped substantially — averaging 95.2 mph. He’s also surrendered four homers in 10 innings between the Nats, Pirates and Royals after allowing just seven homers in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons.