The Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Friday with the addition of veteran reliever Sergio Romo, a 33-year-old slider specialist who spent the first nine years of his career with the San Francisco Giants.
Romo was the primary closer for the Giants in 2013 and 2014 before returning to a setup role for Santiago Casilla. The Brawley, CA native lost the closing role due to lack of control and a reduction of movement on his no-dot slider.
When he locates his slider well with a sharp movement away from right-handed hitters, Romo has proven to be one of the most effective right-handed pitchers against right-handed batters.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Romo agreed to a one-year contract pending a team physical.
Romo is currently pitching for team Mexico in preparation for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
“Now, things seem to be really changing for me. It seems a change of scenery might be on its way for me, but at the end of it all, I’m still keeping the faith,” said Romo in a quote on MLB.com.
”There are still teams that still think I can play in the league and still have the confidence in me that I have in myself that I can still play and contribute in the league.”