Sergio Romo threw 26 pitches for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic yesterday and he’s eligible to make an appearance again tonight because the tournament’s “can’t pitch in back-to-back games” limit is 30 pitches.
As you might expect, none of that pleases the Giants. According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, manager Bruce Bochy met with his coaching staff to discuss the situation this morning and “the staff is also trying to phone Romo to see how he feels a day after the game.”
Schulman notes that Romo threw as many as 26 pitches just once all of last season and it was in his very first appearance of the year. And if he were in Giants camp right now there’s no way Romo would be allowed to throw 26 pitches, let alone throw 26 pitches and then potentially throw again the next day.
Not necessarily a big deal, but Romo’s history of arm issues magnifies things a bit and it’s also an interesting data point for why teams aren’t exactly pushing their players to participate in the WBC.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.