MLB: Three years ago, two clubs did the ugly one to this pitcher who today is a star closer

The recent escape to the success of the former 10th round player, Jordan RomanoIt could well have happened with another club, as the Toronto Blue Jays left him unprotected in the 2018 Rule 5 Draft when he was just making his Triple A debut.

The Chicago White Sox selected Romano and quickly passed him on to the Texas Rangers for cash (all of Dec 13, 2018), but Texans cut him off at the end of camp and returned him to Toronto after he was unclaimed on waivers:

Romano was in the Major Leagues three months later, and although he struggled during his initial debut in 2019, he now seems consolidated as a vital arm in the last inning for Puerto Rican manager Charlie Montoyo (he saved 23 games in 2021 with a 2.14 ERA).

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With two years and 51 days of MLB service, Romano is not yet eligible for arbitration and will not reach free agency until the end of the 2025 campaign. That, of course, is assuming the current arbitration structure and free agency ratings remain unchanged in the next collective bargaining agreement.

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Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, the LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even a friendly NBA 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Graduated in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and within days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: Three years ago, two clubs did the ugly one to this pitcher who today is a star closer