The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly reached agreement with free-agent relief pitcher Sergio Romo on a one-year, $3 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The deal is pending a medical physical.
Romo was limited to only 40 games in 2016 — his fewest since he appeared in 29 as a rookie in 2008 — by a flexor strain in his right elbow that began to flare in early April and sidelined him until just before the All-Star break. When he returned though, it was as if he had been there all along, as Romo went on to manage a 33:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 1.08 WHIP in 30 and 2/3 frames down the stretch for a San Francisco that needed all the assistance it could get.
The 33-year-old Romo had spent the first nine seasons of his big-league career with the Giants, and he played a key role in the club's bullpen in each of their World Series title runs in 2010, 2012, and 2014, serving as a dominant set-up man in the latter two.
Shall the deal go through, Romo will join a Dodgers bullpen that is becoming one of the most attractive in the league, captained by closer Kenley Jansen, who re-signed with the club earlier in the winter. Along with Romo and Jansen, the Dodgers have Grant Dayton, Pedro Baez, Luis Avilan, Alex Wood, and Vidal Nuno, as well as Josh Fields and Josh Ravin, who seem set to compete for the final bullpen role this spring.
Romo is committed to pitch for Team Mexico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic and will miss a sizable chunk of the spring exhibition season. Nonetheless, that shouldn't be a predicament for Romo or the Dodgers, two parties that have squared off in the stacked National League West for the last eight years.