Free agent reliever Sergio Romo is said to have three mystery teams vying for his services. Are the Milwaukee Brewers among them?
Right-handed reliever Sergio Romo enjoyed a career resurgence in his age-36 season last year. The rumor mill claims that three ‘mystery teams’ are currently engaged with Romo, and he’s looking to make a decision on the next stop in his career soon. Could the Milwaukee Brewers be among the teams that are looking to add Romo for the 2020 season?
How did Romo perform in 2019?
Romo appeared in 65 games with stops in Minnesota and Miami. He managed a 3.43 ERA in 60 1/3 innings. Romo struck out 60, walked 17, and was tagged for seven homers. He also managed to rack up 20 saves.
Romo never lit up a radar gun when he was younger, and his velocity has diminished. At the height of his powers, he was running his fastball up to the plate in the 88 MPH-to-89 MPH range. In his age-36 season, he averaged 86.4 MPH on his ‘heater’. He also paired it with a devastating slider and an okay change up combination.
He was equally effective against righties and lefties last year. Right-handed hitters managed a .261 wOBA against Romo, while left-handers posted a .282 wOBA.
Which teams are known to be out?
It’s believed that the Minnesota Twins will not seek to retain Romo for 2020. That’s the only team that any information is available on.
Is Romo a fit for the Brewers?
The Milwaukee Brewers bullpen, as currently constructed, has about four relievers who could conceivably make the Opening Day bullpen, and a lot of question marks.
The other names that are on the 40-man roster include Ray Black, Jake Faria, Taylor Williams, and Corbin Burnes. The Brewers need to add a veteran presence to their bullpen, and Romo has the pedigree and ability to make an impact. He’s won three rings as a member of the San Francisco Giants, and worked through just about every situation possible. Romo would fit in with the Brewers bullpen, and it would make sense for the team to be ‘in’ on him.
Romo earned $2.5 million last year on a one-year deal. He could get a slight bump and maybe even get an extra year since he’s coming off a solid season. Signing Romo to a two-year deal in the $6 million-range would pay him an average annual value that’s less than what Junior Guerra would have earned through arbitration. Romo is a fit for the Brewers, but it still remains to be seen if they’re one of the three teams in the running for his services.