It was fair to wonder if the end had come for Sergio Romo. The former Oakland A’s reliever had a strong start to his time in Seattle, only for it all to fall apart. He was released on June 21, a move that could have marked the end of his career.
That is not the case, at least just yet. Romo has found a new home as the 15 year veteran has signed with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Sergio Romo hoping for a happier ending
Romo’s overall numbers are not exactly impressive. He had an 8.16 ERA and a 1.535 WHiP in his 14.1 innings, issuing four walks with 11 strikeouts. His biggest problem came via the home run, as Romo allowed six homers in his time in Seattle.
Those home run issues could be a problem as he heads to the AL East. With the likes of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Rafael Devers laying in wait, those issues could easily continue for Romo.
But teams are always looking for help in the bullpen. The Blue Jays are no exception as they look to solidify their place in the postseason. If Romo can perform as he did over his first eight appearances, when he allowed one run on five hits and a walk, striking out five in those five innings, Toronto would have one of the pieces they need.
He is worth the gamble at this point. The Blue Jays are on the hook for the pro-rated minimum salary, with the Mariners picking up the rest of his $2 million contract. At that price, and given his previous track record as a solid reliever in a variety of roles, he could be a bargain.
Former Oakland A’s reliever Sergio Romo has found a new home. He has signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as he looks for a better ending.