According to MLB Network, the Toronto Blue Jays are one of a number of teams to express genuine interest in three-time World Series champion Sergio Romo.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Blue Jays have offered a contract to Romo. Morosi also reports that the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers have shown interest on minor-league deals.
In this respect, MLB Network‘s Jon Heyman reported last week that Romo is close to signing a one-year contract with an unknown team. Assuming the Blue Jays have offered a major-league deal to the pitcher, you would have to think they are the favourites.
Assuming the 35-year-old does join the Blue Jays, he would provide experienced depth in the bullpen. If need be, however, he could join the rotation in an emergency, after starting the first five games of his Major League career last year.
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Romo has a résumé which includes being part of three World Series-winning teams and being named an All-Star in 2013. At the same time, he is not quite the same player he used to be.
Consider that last year, the Brawley, California native recorded the worst ERA and WHIP of his 11-year career in the Majors. In addition, his FIP and walks per nine innings were the second-highest of his time in the big leagues.
There are still benefits to signing Romo, however, with his 25 saves in 2018 representing the second-most of his career; he is also still right around his career average of 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings. He pitched his most ever innings in 2018 and would be leaned on to just help keep the Blue Jays competitive, as they go through a major rebuild.
One other reason the Blue Jays may be keen to sign the righty, is his connection with new manager Charlie Montoyo. The two worked together during the two previous years, as members of the Tampa Bay Rays.
As per Brooks Baseball, Romo will primarily rely on his 78 mph slider. He also mixes in a 87 mph sinker, 87 mph four-seam fastball and 81 mph change.
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