The Washington Times - July 14, 2011, 12:17PM

With his July 15th opt-out clause looming if not promoted, the Nationals granted left-hander J.C. Romero, who had been at Triple-A Syracuse, his unconditional release. Moments later, Romero reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with the New York Yankees, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

This is the second time this season Romero has been released by a team, leaving the Phillies in June and signing a minor league deal with the Nationals on June 29. In five games with Triple-A Syracuse, Romero threw seven innings, allowed three hits and one earned run, walked one and struck out five. 

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– The Nationals agreed to terms with four more of their 2011 draft picks, the highest of which was sixth-round selection Taylor Hill, a right-hander out of Vanderbilt. 

Here is the full list of 2011 draft picks the Nationals have signed so far with their most recent signings in bold:

Rd.    No.       Player                            Pos.      B/T       Ht.       Wt.      DOB              School                                      

  5     157     Matt Skole                        3B       L/R       6-3      230      7/30/89          Georgia Tech Univ.

  6     187     Taylor Hill                      RHP     R/R       6-3      225      3/12/89          Vanderbilt Univ. (TN)

  7     217     Brian Dupra                    RHP     R/R       6-3      205     12/15/88         Notre Dame Univ. (IN)

  8     247     Greg Holt                       RHP     R/R       6-2      200      6/19/89          Univ. of North Carolina

  9     277     Dixon Anderson             RHP     R/R       6-6      225       7/2/89           Univ. of California-Berkley

10     307     Manny Rodriguez            RHP     R/R       6-2      225      1/12/89          Barry Univ. (FL)

11     337     Caleb Ramsey                  OF       L/R       6-3      210      10/7/88          Univ. of Houston (TX)

12     367     Blake Monar                    LHP      L/L        6-2      205      6/16/89          Indiana Univ.

16     487     Deion Williams                 SS       R/R       6-3      185     11/11/92         Redan HS (GA)

18     547     Nicholas Lee                   LHP      L/L       6-1      190      1/13/91          Weatherford College (TX)

21     637     Todd Simko                    LHP      L/L        6-4      225      12/5/88          Texas A&M Univ.-Corpus Christi

22     667     Travis Henke                  RHP     R/R       6-6      250       7/9/88           Univ. of Arkansas-Little Rock

23     697     Khayyan Norfork              2B       R/R      5-10      190      1/19/89          Univ. of Tennessee

25     757     Erick Fernandez                C       R/R      5-11      190     11/30/88         Georgetown Univ. (DC)

26     787     Shawn Pleffner                 OF       L/R       6-5      225      8/17/89          Univ. of Tampa (FL)

27     817     Bobby Lucas                    LHP      L/L        6-4      220      8/12/87          George Washington Univ. (DC)

28     847     Kenneth Ferrer                RHP     R/R       6-1      220     12/13/89         Elon Univ. (NC)

33     997     Trey Karlen                      2B       R/R      5-11      195      4/23/88          Univ. of Tennessee-Martin

35   1057     Alex Kreis                       RHP     R/R       6-1      210       1/1/89           Jamestown College (ND)

36   1087     Ben Hawkins                   LHP      L/L        6-0      180      11/4/89          Univ. of West Florida

41   1237     Bryce Ortega                    3B       R/R      5-10      165      9/22/88          Univ. of Arizona

45   1357     Ritchie Mirowski             RHP     R/R       6-2      190      4/30/89          Oklahoma Baptist Univ.