SSG Landers recruits left-hander Annie Romero (31) as a new foreign pitcher.
According to Ilgan Sports coverage, SSG is in the final stages of contracting with Romero from the Dominican Republic. It is expected that the recruitment will be announced only after a detailed agreement is reached and the medical test is passed. An official familiar with the foreign player market said, “I know that I have filled up 1 million dollars (1.3 billion won).” The total amount of contracts for new foreign players in the current KBO League is up to $1 million, including annual salaries, incentives, transfer fees, and down payment.
Romero recorded 8-9 with an average ERA of 3.36 this season with the Chiba Lotte Marlins of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). His earned run average in his opening first four games was only 0.34. On the 2nd, it was announced as an NPB free agent, and multiple clubs in the KBO League showed interest, and SSG, who contacted Romero early, pulled out a contract.
Romero has plenty of experience. In 2013, he debuted in the big leagues as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, and recorded an average ERA of 5.12 with 4 wins, 6 losses, 19 holds and 3 saves over a total of 5 years. Most of his major league (MLB) career was in the 메이저사이트 bullpen, but in the minor leagues he was primarily a starter. His minor league record (11 years) was 36 wins, 40 losses, and an ERA of 3.72. In December 2018, he signed a contract with the Chunichi Dragons and stepped into the NPB. In 2019, he won 8 wins (10 losses) and settled in the NPB, and in the Premier 12 held in December of that year, he participated as the national team of the Dominican Republic.
In February 2020, he underwent rehabilitation treatment for a left shoulder problem. After the season, he returned to the United States due to a failure to renew his contract with Chunichi, but in June 2021, he signed a contract with Chiba Lotte and returned to NPB. Romero’s NPB career record is 17-19 with a 3.60 ERA. The fastball with a maximum speed of 99 miles (160.9 km/h) coming out of a solid physique (1m90cm, 105kg) is a proprietary patent. His breaking pitches are his slider and changeup.
SSG, who won the overall championship this season, did not renew the contract with foreign ace Wilmer Font and focused on selecting substitute players. As a result, he embraced Romero, a ‘left-handed fireballer’ with a first-class pitch. SSG, which previously signed pitcher Kirk McCarty and hitter Guillermo Heredia, plans to complete the composition of foreign players for the 2023 season with Romero as the end.