Sergio Romo hit the open market as a free agent this offseason and at age 32 it may have been his final chance at a big payday, but after spending his entire career with the Giants he had no interest in playing anywhere but San Francisco.
Romo told Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com that the Giants took their sweet time making him an offer, so he simply waited things out despite several other teams offering him sizable deals and even the chance to be a closer.
I just didn’t want to go anywhere, guys. I really didn’t. During that dead time, it’s hard to wait. It’s like, we can get this done in five minutes, for real. Call me up.
When they eventually did call in late December he quickly agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal to remain with the Giants, for whom he’s pitched seven seasons with a 2.51 ERA and 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings as one of the elite relievers in baseball. Romo saved 75 games from 2012-2014, including 23 last season, but he’ll remain in a setup role in front of closer Santiago Casilla.
Giants reliever Sergio Romo threw a bullpen Saturday and has been cleared to pitch in the Cactus League, Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports. Romo was dealing with shoulder soreness early in camp.
Romo, who just turned 32 years old on Wednesday, posted a 3.72 ERA with a 59/12 K/BB ratio and 23 saves in 58 innings for the Giants last season. He’s expected to serve as the set-up man behind closer Santiago Casilla once again this season.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Tim Lincecum is being sent for an MRI regarding the lower back/side issue which caused him to exit from Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night.
Lincecum didn’t pitch in the NLDS or the NLCS, but he was finally pulled out of mothballs in Game 2 after the Royals grabbed a commanding lead. The two-time Cy Young Award winner retired all five batters he faced before stumbling on the mound for a couple of pitches. He then called for a team trainer before being replaced by Santiago Casilla.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy expressed optimism after the game that Lincecum was going to be fine. Assuming it’s not a big deal, he could move up in the pecking order in the bullpen given what we have seen from Hunter Strickland this postseason.
UPDATE: According to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Lincecum said “everything felt normal” while throwing today. MRI results haven’t been made available, but it’s safe to assume that he would be allowed to throw if there were any major concerns.