How the Sergio Romo Deal Impacts the Dodgers Offseason Goals?

The continuing effort to improve their bullpen has resulted in the Los Angeles Dodgers choosing to sign a relief pitcher whose greatest days came as a member of the Dodgers’ arch enemy, the San Francisco Giants. The signing of lefthander Sergio Romo was recently announced, with the hope of the Dodgers being that he can regain somewhere close to his previous high level of success.

Romo will be 34 years old when Opening Day arrives and has spent his nine previous seasons with the Giants. He collected 84 saves during that time frame, though 75 of those came during the seasons from 2012 to 2014.

During that first season, Romo had only 14 saves, but then put on a clinic in that year’s World Series, when he tossed three perfect innings while collecting saves in each of the last three games. Seasons with 38 and 23 saves, respectively, followed before his numbers slipped during the past two years.

With the Dodgers, Romo won’t have to worry about closing out games since that position is already in the capable hands of Kenley Jansen, who re-signed for five years, $80 million. The move mirrors a similar move from a few years ago, when former Giants closer Brian Wilson signed with Los Angeles. However, the Dodgers are hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself, considering that the move proved to be a failure.

Romo will be used as Jensen’s setup man, and is only costing the team $3 million. That’s a pittance for the Dodgers, who ended up cutting Wilson midway through the second year of a deal that was paying him $9.5 million during that season.

In truth, Romo is a much better fit than the combustible Wilson. The lower salary is just a small segment of the overall picture, considering that a good portion of Romo’s season last year saw him plagued with elbow problems.

The Dodgers have presumably done their due diligence when it comes to that situation. If he’s healthy, Romo’s slider can serve as a potent weapon and allow the Dodgers to shut down teams during the final two innings of any game in which they’re leading. I am already excited to watch their matchups with the Mets schedule and see Romo duel it out against Familia.

The need for additional assets in the bullpen was obvious, considering that Los Angeles lost players like Joe Blanton. Yet filling that setup role was an important aspect of improving the roster, since this was considered a group effort last season. Manager Dave Roberts would prefer not having to cross his fingers and hope that a particular night’s selection achieves success.

Since winning their last World Series in 1988, the Dodgers have reached the postseason on 10 occasions, which includes each of the last four years. Each of those campaigns saw Los Angeles win the National League West Division, yet end in frustrating fashion.

Romo is one piece of a huge puzzle for this season, but he could end up playing a key role in the Dodgers finally getting over the hump and making it back to the Fall Classic.

Cliff Montana

Cliff Montana

Cliff hails from New York City where he is a sales associate by day and sports blogger by night. He thanks his grandfather Ralph, who used to go to Brooklyn Dodgers games at Ebbets Field as a kid for his lifelong Blue allegiance .

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6 thoughts on “How the Sergio Romo Deal Impacts the Dodgers Offseason Goals?

  1. I have no problem with them signing Romo, although I hated his guts as a Gnat. The guy is an effective reliever and was not signed to close games but to be a bridge to Jansen. Considering how iffy a job that was last year, I think he will do fine. Baez is a nervous breakdown waiting to happen. Dayton is still a babe in the woods and Liberatore is coming back from an injury. Ravin and Fields could end up being decent out there too. Ravin has nasty stuff.

    1. I think you have to admit that Romo will be a bridge in the 8th so long as the batters coming to the plate are RHH. He’s not that great vs. LHH. Call him Romo the Roogy. You may have a patchwork 8th on your hands as the Giants have had, and which they still may have given Bochy’s predilection for using up the pen.

      What do you all think of Josh Sborz? Seems like a lot of potential with his slide piece.

  2. Michael – my exact feeling on Romo. I often get flack for supporting ex-Gigantes, but the key is EX… I hope he has a longer run than Wilson.
    ST is going to be epic this year. So many candidates, so few spots… My favs to watch will be Toles and Wood…

    1. I think someone will get injured, it always happens and doors will both open and close. What Romo’s, Utley’s and Gueterrez signings mean is that 3 roster spots on the 40 man roster have to be cleared. Guys like Ruf and Eibner are definitely on the bubble, so is Kike Hernandez and probably Vidal Nuno since they are loaded with lefty relievers. I kind of hope they jettison Hatcher.

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