Friday evening, Jon Morosi reported the Dodgers will sign former Giants reliever Sergio Romo. Two reports have since stated while likely, Romo is not a Dodger just yet.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, who initially said the Dodgers were a finalist for Romo, confirmed an unidentified bidder is still in it.
still likely SoCal native Romo will pick dodgers, but mystery team recently raised bid. meanwhile, SR pitching for Mexico
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 4, 2017
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 4, 2017
Heyman explained the situation in an article.
While it appears reliever Sergio Romo is likely headed for the Los Angeles Dodgers at some point, there is nothing official with no agreement yet. A mystery team is still involved in the bidding, and one Dodgers person said “it’s not done yet.”
Evidence supports the mystery team being Washington, though nothing is confirmed. The New York Mets re-signed Dodgers target Jerry Blevins Friday, while Romo said he would move on from San Francisco last week. The Nationals desperately need back-end bullpen help and Romo named them as an interested team within the last several days.
— Casey Stern (@CaseyStern) January 31, 2017
Romo was once one of the better closers in baseball. He saved 38 games in 2013, but has 29 total since. Romo missed two months with a flexor strain last season, limiting his action to 30.2 innings in 40 games, the fewest in his career. He would presumably be the setup man for Jansen in Los Angeles.
The 33-year-old Romo grew up in a family of Dodgers fans. His signing would add an interesting twist to the 2017 edition of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry. The two competitors will face each other 10 times in the first month-and-a-half.