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Giants: Who will replace All-Star Will Smith in the closer’s role?

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 15: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates beating the Milwaukee Brewers and getting the save at Oracle Park on June 15, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 15: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates beating the Milwaukee Brewers and getting the save at Oracle Park on June 15, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – AUGUST 01: Sergio Romo #54 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 01, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA – AUGUST 01: Sergio Romo #54 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 01, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Free-agent option No. 3: Sergio Romo

You might remember this guy.

Sergio Romo spent the first nine seasons of his career with the San Francisco Giants after he was selected in the 28th round of the 2005 MLB draft. During that time, he had a 2.58 ERA and 84 saves in 515 appearances, including a 38-save season in 2013.

If we’re going to mention age being a red flag with Will Harris, it has to be mentioned that Romo is 36 years old and he’ll turn 37 in March.

Part of the rationale for bringing Romo back is emotional. Perhaps he will take a discount to reunite with the Giants. Maybe the front office will see some value letting the fans dance to his intro “El Mechon” once again.

Who knows? It sure would be fun to see him end his career with the Giants.

As long as that no-dot slider remains a challenge to hit, Romo will have a spot somewhere in the MLB.

Over the last two seasons, he has continued to keep hitters guessing. In 138 appearances with the Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins, and Minnesota Twins, he’s tallied 45 saves with a 3.81 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 9.5 K/9.

Given his age and history of knee issues, Romo may be bypassed by some MLB teams, which could him an affordable option for the Giants.

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Will one of the players featured here be the San Francisco Giants next closer? We shall see.

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