The Twins are taping the paper and putting a nice little bow on top of a brand-new contract for reliever Sergio Romo.
After joining the team in a trade with Miami last season, Romo posted a 3.18 ERA, 3.35 FIP, and 6.75 K/BB ratio in just over 20 innings with the Twins, serving largely as the eighth-inning setup man to Taylor Rogers.
He’s never been much of a fireballer, so his slight dip back to an average fastball velocity of 86.7 mph shouldn’t be too much of a concern. It’s his consistent slider — his primary pitch for most of his career — that helped him generate the most swings on pitches outside the zone he’s ever induced.
It’s a very team-friendly deal; $5 million is coming Romo’s way this year, and he could be back for the same price in 2021, at the Twins’ discretion.
Welcome back, Sergio!