Sergio Romo issues apology for incident at Las Vegas airport

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We learned earlier today that Giants reliever Sergio Romo was detained in a Las Vegas airport on New Year’s Day for allegedly “becoming belligerent” with a TSA officer after he couldn’t provide proper ID to pass through security. Courtesy of John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the fan favorite has issued the following statement apologizing for his actions:

I would like to sincerely apologize about the recent events at the Las Vegas airport which brought negative attention to the San Francisco Giants. I love and respect the Giants, my teammates and our fans and promise to conduct myself in the future in the in the “San Francisco Giants Way.”

Since the initial report from TMZ surfaced a few hours ago, CSNBayArea.com obtained a statement from Officer Bill Cassell of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department which said that while Romo was cuffed and detained, he was merely cited for a violation of airport rules and not arrested. Similar to getting a ticket, he will either pay a fine or have his day in court. In another matter of clarification, it appears that Romo was not a passenger, but was either picking someone up or dropping someone off.

Mets sign Jose Lobaton to minor league deal

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The Mets signed catcher Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract, the team announced Friday. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where it’s assumed Lobaton will be in the mix for a backup role behind Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.

Lobaton, 33, is coming off of a four-year stint with the Nationals. He put up his worst career numbers in 2017, producing -0.6 fWAR after slashing just .170/.248/.277 with four home runs in 158 plate appearances. While he’ll give the Mets little to work with at the plate, his near-decade of experience behind the dish should make him a decent emergency option, if nothing else.

In the meantime, the Mets are expected to roll with a d’Arnaud/Plawecki platoon to start the season. Both catchers saw slight upticks in value over the 2017 season: d’Arnaud turned in 0.8 fWAR after hitting a career-high 16 home runs, while Plawecki collected 0.6 fWAR and three homers after raising his batting line over the Mendoza Line for the first time since 2015.