The Toronto Blue Jays have released LHP Ricky Romero, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.

The 2011 season, statistically, was the best one for Romero. He went 15-11 with a 2.92 ERA in 32 games and was named to the American League all-star roster.

His career went downhill after 2011 due to control problems and knee issues. He led the American League in walks in 2012 while posting a 5.77 ERA over 32 starts.

Romero, 30, hasn’t pitched in the majors since May 2013 and his 2014 season with Triple-A Buffalo ended early after having surgery on his right knee as a result of a quadriceps tendon inflammation.

Romero was 51-45 with a 4.16 ERA and 622 strikeouts in 129 appearances with the Blue Jays.

He was in the last year of a five-year, $30.05 million contract signed ahead of the 2011 season.

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