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Romero a back up option for Yankees

With Boone Logan better of late against lefties but still not entirely trustworthy, the Yankees are exploring the trade market for a lefthanded reliever. Should they strike out, an option could be J.C. Romero, signed July 14, who had been in the Nationals’ system and appeared in 24 games for the Phillies (3.86 ERA) before that this season.

Entering yesterday, Romero, 35, had allowed one run in 72 / 3 innings (1.17 ERA) in six games with Scranton. He has not been scored upon in his last five appearances. Romero, who has a 4.07 ERA in 13 major-league seasons, has allowed five hits and one walk and struck out six. Romero has held lefthanded batters to a .215 average and .312 on-base percentage in his career.

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