The SSG Landers of the Korea Baseball Organization announced that they have signed left-hander Enny Romero (hat tip to Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net). Romero will make $800K with another $200K available in incentives.
Romero, 32 in January, made 137 MLB appearances from 2013 to 2018, spending time with the Rays, Nationals, Pirates and Royals. He has a career 5.12 ERA but was bombed for a 12.60 mark over 10 innings in 2018 and hasn’t been able to get back to the majors since then.
Romero has since pitched in Japan in 2019, as well as 2021 and 2022. With the Chunichi Dragons in 2019, he was given a rotation job, throwing 116 1/3 innings over 21 appearances with a 4.26 ERA. He didn’t pitch in 2020 but returned to Japan for 2021, this time joining the Chiba Lotte Marines. He was limited to just four appearances that year but had a more substantial showing in 2022, throwing 115 1/3 innings with a 3.36 ERA over 20 games.
For 2023, Romero will stay overseas but will jump from Japan to Korea in order to suit up for the Landers. He’s still young enough that he could return to North American at some point, but for now, he’s secured himself a salary a bit above the major league minimum, which will be $720K in 2023.