The Los Angeles Dodgers added a notable arm to their bullpen this week, as the team announced the signing of free agent right-handed pitcher Sergio Romo to a one-year contract. Romo, a former closer for the rival San Francisco Giants, is expected to fill Joe Blanton's role from last season as the primary set-up man for star reliever Kenley Jansen.
The 33-year-old Romo went 1-0 with four saves and a 2.64 ERA in 40 appearances in 2016, when he was limited to a career-low 30.2 innings due to a right forearm flexor strain. He limited opposing hitters to a .236 batting average and 1.08 WHIP, while striking out 33 against only seven walks.
In nine big-league seasons, all with the Giants, Romo has posted a 32-26 record with 84 saves and a 2.58 ERA in 515 career games. Since his debut in 2008, Romo, a 2013 All-Star, leads the National League relievers with 515 appearances, while ranking among the league leaders in ERA (2.58, 9th), strikeouts (498, 9th), strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.60, 2nd), opponents’ batting average (.205, 11th) and 0.96 WHIP (0.96, 3rd).
Romo's been especially tough against right-handed hitters during the course of his career, limiting righties to a .192 batting average. A three-time World Series champion, Romo has gone 3-1 with four saves and a 3.09 ERA (8 ER/23.1 IP) in 27 career postseason appearances.
To create room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers placed right-handed pitcher Yimi Garcia on the 60-day disabled list, as he continues to recover from Oct. 25, 2016 Tommy John surgery.
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services