MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that the Rays have re-signed Sergio Romo to a one-year contract. A major league contract, not a minor league one, which is pretty dang rare lately.
The financial details aren’t yet known as Romo has not yet taken his physical. It’s not likely to be a big contract, though, given that Romo had a markedly up-and-down season last year.
The down: he posted a 6.12 ERA over 30 appearances for the Dodgers before they traded him to Tampa Bay for a player to be named later who, as far as I can tell, never was named. The up: he pitched much better with the Rays, putting up a 1.47 ERA in 25 outings. He struck out fewer batters per nine with the Rays, actually, but walked far fewer and allowed far fewer hits.
The Rays are counting on the latter version of Romo. If deployed judiciously, they can probably get something at least close to it.
The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.
For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.
While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”