Report: Astros could turn to Sergio Romo if they are unable to sign David Robertson

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The Astros have emerged as a possible landing spot for free agent closer David Robertson, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman writes that the club could turn to Sergio Romo as a backup plan.

Romo is coming off an up-and-down year in which he was yanked from the Giants’ closer role. He had a 5.12 ERA through July 19, but allowed just two runs over his last 23 regular season appearances and had a 1.29 ERA over nine postseason appearances. While his ERA has jumped from 1.79 to 2.54 to 3.72 over the past three seasons, his peripherals remain strong. Still, the increase in his fly ball rate is a bit of a warning sign.

It’s fair to ask why the Astros would spend huge money on a closer when they aren’t prepared to contend right away, so taking a chance on a rebound from Romo (or someone like him) could actually be a better fit for the club than Robertson.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.