Jordan Romano, who was selected by the Texas Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft, is returning to the Blue Jays organization, multiple reports indicate.
According to multiple reports (including Shi Davidi of Sportsnet), Canadian righty Jordan Romano is returning to the Blue Jays organization after being informed by the Texas Rangers that he will not be making their Opening Day roster. Romano was selected by the Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft on December 13.
Laura Armstrong of The Toronto Star adds that Romano was offered back to the Blue Jays for $50,000, a deal which the club evidently accepted.
Earlier this week, Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins predicted that Romano would be heading back to the organization.
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Romano, 25, spent the majority of the 2018 season with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, posting an ERA of 4.13 in 137.1 frames, striking out 125 and walking 41.
In seven spring appearances for the Rangers, Romano, who hails from Markham, Ontario, pitched to an ERA of 3.86 in 9.1 innings, striking out six and walking five.
While Romano was left unprotected for the Rule 5 Draft, the Blue Jays selected Elvis Luciano from the Kansas City Royals organization.
Now, Romano will get the chance to rebuild his stock as a member of the Blue Jays organization. While it is currently unclear which level he will start at to begin the 2019 season, it is more than likely he’ll either return to New Hampshire or make the jump to Triple-A Buffalo.
For his minor league career, Romano has appeared in 82 games and has thrown 381.0 innings to a solid ERA of 3.31, also logging innings with Low-A Lansing, High-A Dunedin, and Rookie-level Bluefield.