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.