Monday, February 06, 2017

Welcome to the Blue, Sergio Romo!

I've been told that they now have a contract in place, pending a physical.  As you likely know, over the weekend news spread throughout the web that former Giants closer, free agent reliever and southern California native Sergio Romo was coming to Los Angeles.  Soon thereafter, those rumors got squashed.  Now, we've got a deal again.  So, I'm gonna go out on a limb and officially welcome the bearded right-hander to the Dodgers.  You can follow Sergio on twitter here: @SergioRomo54.

According to reports, it is a one-year deal at $3 million plus incentives, and is still pending a physical.  This is strikingly lower than what he earned last season - $9 million.  In fact, you wouldn't be wrong in thinking that he took a discount to be a Dodger.  Most folks figured he'd make at least double the amount the Dodgers are giving him. I suppose that growing up in a Dodger-centric household has a lot to do with this.

Romo stands 5' 11", is 185 lbs., throws and bats right-handed, and was born and raised in Brawly, California (in Imperial County).  He pitches with a low-three quarters delivery and flashes three pitches: a slider that sits 75-79 mph, a two seam fastball sitting 88-90, and a change up at sits from 80-83.  Last season Sergio spent some time on the DL due to an flexor tendon strain that limited his play to only 40 games.  Per Jeff Todd and MLB Trade Rumors:
In over 400 career innings with San Francisco, Romo has compiled an excellent 2.58 ERA with a sparkling 10.2 K/9 against 1.8 BB/9. Though he’s a soft-tosser, he has long beguiled hitters with his slider, helping to produce a lifetime 14.2% swinging-strike rate.

It was much the same in 2016, even as Romo lost about 1.5 mph on his fastball offerings as well as the vaunted slider. He also goes to a change-up at times, though it’s a little-used pitch. While the Giants’ 2016 club will long be remembered for its inability to finish out close games, Romo steadily produced results and did not actually record any of the team’s league-leading thirty blown saves. (Of course, he went on to have two unsuccessful appearances in the NLCS, including one in which he did record a blown save.)
BTW, Romo is pitching in the Caribbean Series for Team Mexico in Culiacan, Mexico right now, and Dodger scout Mike Brito was there to provide a report.  Per RubĂ©n Castro at ESPN (translated from Spanish):
I think he's going to help us, the Dodgers were worried about his arm, but his arm is fine, he's healthy and his sliders are breaking as always all right''
In celebration of Romo's impending signing with to the Dodgers I made the above two fantasy Baseball card of him.  On the left I used the 1974 Topps Baseball card design and the card on the right uses the 1961 Topps Baseball card design and uses a photo taken originally by Lacy Atkins at The Chronicle.

Below are his career statistics, via Baseball-Reference:

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