On the surface, Sergio Romo had an excellent season as a reliever in 2016, which included a standout 4.71 K/BB. He even finished the regular season as the Giants' closer, converting all four save opportunities presented to him in the final two weeks of the season. Looking deeper into his stats, however, it seems the vet got by with a little luck last season. His 1.47 HR/9 was the highest of his career, but it didn't appear to affect his overall ERA. This was a result of a career-high 92.3 percent strand rate, which explains why his 3.63 xFIP is nearly a whole run higher than his final ERA. His fastball has never intimidated opposing batters, serving more as a "get it over" pitch, but he has been able to maintain excellent strikeout numbers by relying on his wipeout slider (63.5 percent usage in 2016). Like many of the Giants' veteran bullpen arms, Romo's contract expired this offseason and he hit the open market. His days as a closer appear to be over after he signed with the Dodgers, although a setup role for Kenley Jansen does seem to be in the cards.
Romo's deal with the Dodgers was made official Wednesday, but manager Dave Roberts wouldn't commit to him being his primary setup man, SB Nation reports. The initial thought when Romo signed was that he would serve as the late-inning bridge to Kenley Jansen. Roberts dispelled that notion when he said Romo would pitch in the eighth at times, and at others he wouldn't. If last year's postseason run taught us anything, it was that the Dodgers' manager does not subscribe to old school roles that are set in stone for how he manages his pitchers. Roberts noted Romo's excellence against right-handed batters, so we should expect him to enter games against the righty-heavy portions of the opposition's lineups. Even without an eighth-inning role set in stone, he should still have plenty of opportunities to gather holds this season for a Dodgers club that is projected to win 90-plus games.
Romo agreed to a deal with the Dodgers on Monday pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. Romo missed time with a forearm injury last season but pitched well in his limited opportunities. He posted a 2.64 ERA with a 9.7 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 across 30.2 innings with the Giants last year. He should serve as the setup man for closer Kenley Janson.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Romo appears likely to sign with the Dodgers but it's not a done deal. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported that Romo and the Dodgers had come to an agreement. However, Heyman suggests a mystery team recently upped its bid for Romo's services and nothing's set in stone at the moment. Romo missed time with a forearm injury last season but fared well when on the mound, posting a 2.64 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 9.7 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9.
Romo agreed to a contract with the Dodgers on Friday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. Romo turned in another sub-3.00 ERA season with the Giants in 2016, his sixth in seven years, relying primarily on his trademark slider to strike batters out at a 28.2 percent clip. He won't be a real threat to a healthy Kenley Jansen for the closer role, but Romo will solidify the bridge the ninth inning and could step in if Jansen were to get hurt.
Romo tossed a perfect inning on his way to his fourth save of the season in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Dodgers. Romo converted his fourth save in as many opportunities since becoming the Giants' closer Sept. 20. He hadn't recorded a save since Sept. 24, but that is because the team hadn't presented him with a save opportunity since then. Romo is the undisputed closer in San Francisco and would get first crack at a save chance should one arise in Sunday's season finale against the Dodgers.