Former Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitcher Sal Romano rejected an outright assignment in favor of free agency, the New York Yankees announced Monday.
Romano signed a minor-league contract last month with the Yankees. It was his second stint with the team this season.
In two appearances for the Yankees in July, Romano struck out three of the 10 batters he faced, and allowed three hits.
The Milwaukee Brewers announced in August that they designated Romano for assignment.
In his debut for the Brewers, Romano allowed four runs - three of them earned - in a 9-6 home loss to the San Francisco Giants in 11 innings.
The Brewers had claimed Romano off waivers from the Yankees.
In July, the Yankees announced that pitcher Asher Wojciechowski was designated for assignment, and the team selected Romano from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Both pitched for the Reds in 2017, Wojciechowski's only season in Cincinnati.
Romano, designated for assignment by the Reds earlier this season after he pitched in 83 games over five big-league seasons in Cincinnati, was signed by the Yankees in May to a minor-league deal and assigned to the RailRiders.
Romano, 27, elected free agency after clearing waivers. He posted a 5.23 ERA in 14 appearances for the Reds this season, and a 5.15 ERA for the team since his 2017 debut for Cincinnati. He was selected by the Reds in the 23rd round of the 2011 draft.
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