Sergio Romo is close to becoming a Los Angeles Dodger. But in the final hour, an unidentified suitor made a push.

That team was Tampa Bay, according to Ken Rosenthal. The Rays offered Romo a larger deal than the $3 million plus incentives he accepted from the Dodgers.

The Rays, not the Dodgers, had the high bid for free agent Sergio Romo, according to major-league sources; the former Giants reliever, who grew up in a family of Dodgers fans in Brawley, Ca., took less to stay on the West Coast, according to major-league sources. His deal with the Dodgers, which is pending a physical, is for one year and $3 million, per FanRag Sports.

We heard Romo took a discount to play in his native Southern California, but the other team’s identity was well-hidden. The Rays, per Rosenthal, are trying to play the role of 2017’s surprise team. Romo could’ve been a veteran acquisition for the bullpen for a team that, despite trading Logan Forsythe, wants to compete.

L.A. is a homecoming for Romo, whose family has always rooted for the blue. It’s yet another log in the Dodgers-Giants fire – a rivalry that will be played 10 times in the seasons’ early going.

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