Phillies decline Romero's option

The Phillies have declined J.C. Romero's option and he will become a free agent. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

As expected, the Phillies declined reliever J.C. Romero's $4.5 million option for 2011. The left-hander will receive a $250,000 buyout and become a free agent.

It's unlikely the Phillies will bring back Romero, who went 1-0 with three saves and a 3.68 ERA this season. Romero spent part of 2007 and the last three full seasons with the Phillies.

The Phillies undoubtedly will be looking for left-handed relief help in the free-agent market this offseason. Lefthander Antonio Bastardo is also likely to make the team out of spring training next season.

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You can read more about Romero in Wednesday's Inquirer.