Relief pitcher Sergio Romo was designated for assignment by the Dodgers just days ago, and as of Saturday night he is officially the newest member of the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Dodgers traded Romo and cash to the Rays for a player to be named later or cash.
Dodgers trade Sergio Romo and cash to Tampa Bay for player to be named or cash.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July 23, 2017
With the Dodgers designating Sergio Romo for assignment, it removed him from the roster and left him vulnerable to be claimed by any team that wanted him. After the Rays claimed him, the Dodgers then negotiated this deal and it is turned into a trade.
This was the best case scenario for Los Angeles, because if nobody had claimed him they would have received nothing in return for him once he was released.
Sergio Romo no longer had a place on the Dodger roster as their bullpen enjoyed the surprising additions of quality from right handers Josh Fields and Brandon Morrow. It was obvious he fell out of favor with Dave Roberts as he never appeared in close games and began to only make an appearance on the mound once or twice a week.
Holding a 6.12 earned run average over 25 innings on one of the best bullpens in the game is an obvious recipe for disaster.
The Tampa Bay Rays were willing to take the gamble on him, hoping that Romo can shape up in some way as they make their own push towards the playoffs in the American League East.
This is not the big trade deadline haul that the Dodgers were looking to make, but it makes them better by taking a liability on the mound off of their 25-man roster.