Add J.C. Romero to the list of potential Yankees bullpen targets. Jon Paul Morosi has reported that the Yankees have shown some interest in the veteran lefty. We’ve previously heard Pedro Feliciano’s name connected to the Yankees, and Scott Downs is looming as arguably the top left-handed reliever on the market.
My guess is this: Every unsigned lefty who has shown an ability to get left-handers out at the big league level will be on the Yankees radar.
That doesn’t mean the Yankees will get aggressive in their pursuit, but Brian Cashman wants a second lefty alongside Boone Logan. Damaso Marte is essentially lost for the year, and Steve Garrison — that’s a real person, I swear — is a complete unknown.
The Yankees are probably going to check on every available lefty to gauge the market and determine value. Depending on the cost, Romero might not be a bad option. He’s not flashy, but last year he held lefties to a .217/.323/.277 slash line. That’s pretty close to his career line against left-handers (.215/.311/.292).
This role isn’t about being flashy or finding a big name. It’s about getting one or two outs at a time so that the bigger and more versatile arms can be saved for the later innings.