Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays have made a contract offer to free agent reliever Sergio Romo. He notes that the Twins and Rangers have expressed interest in signing Romo to a minor league contract.
Romo, 35, spent last year with the Rays, being used at times as part of the “opener” strategy. He made 73 appearances in all, starting five games and finishing out 39 with 35 saves, a 4.14 EA, and a 75/20 K/BB ratio across 67 1/3 innings.
Romo is not the dominant closer he used to be. The Blue Jays have Ken Giles, Ryan Tepera, and Joe Biagini for the late innings, but adding Romo could help in the middle innings.
Jim Allen of Kyodo News reports that Koji Uehara has retired from baseball.
Uehara, 44, has spent the past two seasons with the Yomiuri Giants, which is the where he began his career way back in 1998. He spent eight years there as a starter, winning 20 games in his rookie season, then one year as a closer and one year in swingman duties before coming to the United States.
Once in the majors he pitched for four different major league teams over nine seasons — the Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox and Cubs — from 2009-2017. In that time he posted an excellent 2.66 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 572/78 K/BB ratio in 480.2 innings and notched 95 saves. He won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2013 and was an All-Star in 2014. Uehara’s last big league stint in America with the Cubs in 2017, for whom he posted a 3.98 ERA (111 ERA+) in 49 games.
Happy trails to an excellent reliever.