Oakland A’s: Three bargain relievers to look at in free agency

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Brandon Workman #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 07, 2020 in New York City. The Phillies defeated the Mets 9-8 in ten innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Brandon Workman #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 07, 2020 in New York City. The Phillies defeated the Mets 9-8 in ten innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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Sergio Romo

Sergio Romo is not going to excite anyone as a free agent signing, but he could be well worth the money.

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Romo has filled a variety of roles over the years, being an All Star closer and a solid setup man. He even made five starts for the Rays in 2018, the first pitcher to be given the honor of being an opener. Given that the A’s will have multiple needs in the bullpen once free agency starts, having an option like Romo would be invaluable.

He had a solid 2020 campaign, although his numbers are not exactly eye popping. Over his 20 innings last season, he recorded a 4.05 ERA and a 1.150 WHiP, striking out 23 batters with seven walks. However, if one removed a disastrous outing on August 26 where he allowed three runs on two hits and a walk while recording just one out, Romo’s numbers are that much better.

There is one obstacle for Romo being available. The Twins do hold a $5 million option for 2021, with a $250,000 buyout. Normally, it would be an easy decision to pick up that option, but with teams facing a payroll crunch due to the pandemic, Romo could be available.

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If that is the case, the Oakland A’s should pounce. He could be exactly the piece they need in the back of the bullpen.

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