Yankees sign LHP Romero to minor league deal

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TORONTO (AP) -- The New York Yankees have signed left-handed reliever J.C. Romero to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Washington Nationals announced earlier Thursday that they had given Romero his unconditional release. The 35-year-old pitched five times for Washington's Triple-A affiliate.

Romero began the season with Philadelphia. He had a 3.86 ERA in 24 games for the Phillies before getting released.

Romero went 2-0 in the 2008 World Series when the Phillies beat Tampa Bay.