Rays trade Enny Romero to Nats for pitching prospect
UPDATE, 5:38: The Rays have since announced the trade, as well as making official their deal with Morrison, who gets a $2.5-million salary plus up to $1.25-million in incentives.
In return for Romero, the Rays get RHP Jeffrey Rosa, a 21-year-old Dominican who was 0-4, 4.91 in 11 starts for the Gulf Coast League Nationals in 2016, his second pro season. Overall he is 1-8, 3.83 ERA with 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings in 24 career starts.
DEVELOPING: The Rays gave up on hard-throwing but inconsistent LHP Enny Romero on Tuesday, trading him to the Nationals for a lower-level starting pitching propsect, the Times has learned.
Romero was a disappointment with Rays last season, and being out of options was in danger of spring DFA. But, he does have a big arm, throwing close to 100 mph.
Romero, 26, was 2-2, 5.59 over 75 games with the Rays over the last two seasons with 81 strikeouts and 41 walks.
The Rays needed to open a spot on 40-man roster for the re-signing of Logan Morrison, so traded Romero. Other options were RHP Ryan Garton or Eddie Gamboa.