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Report: Blue Jays have offered contract to Sergio Romo

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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.

Clayton Kershaw shut down with “an arm kind of thing”

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Spring training is just underway but Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is already being shut down indefinitely.

Kershaw threw two bullpen sessions this week and, as the Los Angeles Times reports, he “didn’t feel right” afterward. Manager Dave Roberts said it was “arm kind of thing,” which, viva specificity. Roberts did allow that it might be so-called “dead arm” but it’s too soon to know. For now he’ll be working out as usual but not throwing.

Kershaw has had an increasing number of nagging injuries and ailments over the past several seasons, limiting him to 26 starts last year, 27 the year before and 21 in 2016. Whether this is something serious or not is unknown, but at least he’s experiencing it now instead of the middle of the season.