ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Tampa Bay Rays Communications) — The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired right-handed relief pitcher Sergio Romo from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations.
Romo, 34, is a 10-year veteran who has compiled a 33-27 record, 84 saves and a 2.77 ERA (464.2-IP, 143-ER) over 545 career appearances, all in relief, for the San Francisco Giants (2008-16) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2017). Among all active pitchers with 500 career appearances, he ranks first with a 0.98 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched), second with a 10.25 strikeouts per nine innings ratio (David Robertson, 11.95) and second with a .207 opponents’ batting average (Tyler Clippard, .196). He has limited right-handed hitters to a .189 batting average.
A three-time World Champion with the San Francisco Giants (2010, 2012, 2014), Romo is 3-1 with 4 saves and a 3.09 ERA (23.1-IP, 8-ER) in postseason play. He recorded the final out of the 2012 World Series, and saved three of the Giants’ four wins in the 2014 World Series. His 27 postseason appearances, coming over four trips, rank second among active pitchers behind Ryan Madson (42).
Romo was honored by MLB.com as Setup Man of the Year in 2012. In 2013, he was named a National League All-Star and converted a career-high 38 saves. He pitched for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic in 2013 and 2017.
In 2017, he signed with the Dodgers as a free agent on Feb. 15 and appeared in 30 games for them, going 1-1 with a 6.12 ERA (25-IP, 17-ER) and 31 strikeouts, before he was designated for assignment on Thursday. Prior to this season, he owned a career 2.58 ERA.
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