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Tampa Bay Rays Acquire Sergio Romo from Los Angeles Dodgers

By David Hill
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Reliever Sergio Romo
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Reliever Sergio Romo /
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The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired another reliever as they look to fortify their bullpen. This time, they have acquired Segio Romo from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

On Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers designated Sergio Romo for assignment. A free agent signee following nine typically strong years with the Giants, Romo was a disaster in Los Angeles. In his 30 games, he produced a miserable 6.12 ERA and a 1.400 WHiP. He still struck out 31 batters in his 25 innings, but showed an uncharacteristic lack of command, with 12 walks and seven homers allowed.

However, given his previous track record of success, it was likely that some team would be interested in taking a chance on the former Giants closer. The Tampa Bay Rays are doing just that, having acquired Romo from the Dodgers in exchange for the always popular cash considerations.

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In all likelihood, Romo will serve as a depth piece for the Rays. Much like their acquisition of Chaz Roe earlier in the week, Romo is likely to be stashed in Durham, with the hopes that he can rediscover the form that made him one of the better relievers in the game over the past few years. For what is likely a nominal sum, Romo is certainly worth the gamble.

Even with those struggles, there are some positive signs. Romo’s strikeout rate is his best since 2011, and he has a 24.7% swinging strike rate. Romo’s velocity is also in line with his career norms, showing that his stuff is still there.

Should Romo simply be struggling due to a mechanical issue, the Rays may have brought in a solid bullpen arm for next to nothing. Even if he does not recapture his form, bringing in a pitcher with his track record for a minimal cost is a smart move. And if it works out, the Rays bullpen will be that much better.

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The Tampa Bay Rays have continued to acquire bullpen depth, having sent cash considerations to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Sergio Romo. It is a low cost move that could pay major dividends if Romo can find his form.

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