Nationals sign J.C Romero to minor league deal

The Nationals have signed former Phillies left-hander J.C. Romero to a minor-league deal, adding him to the roster at Triple-A Syracuse.

The 35-year-old, who was released by Philadelphia on June 24, could give the Nationals an effective left-hander at some point down the road, especially with Doug Slaten on the disabled list with left elbow neuritis.

Romero’s best years came with the Twins in the early 2000s, but he was a key piece of the Phillies’ back-to-back National League championship teams, appearing in 81 games when the team won the World Series in 2008. The Phillies declined his option before this year, re-signing him to a one-year deal, only to designate him for assignment this month after he walked 12 batters in 16 1/3 innings.