Sergio Romo's foray into free agency was short-lived as he found his next landing spot. The 15-year veteran agreed to a major league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post.
Former SF Giants hurler and longtime reliever signs with the Toronto Blue Jays
The right-handed hurler was designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners last week and became a free agent after clearing waivers. Romo signed a one-year, $2 million pact with the Mariners just before the start of the season.
This is a move that did not pay off for Seattle as the veteran reliever registered an 8.16 ERA, 7.88 FIP, 1.53 WHIP, 6.9 K/9, and a 2.75 SO/W ratio in 17 appearances in 2022.
He was off to a nice start, posting a 1.13 ERA in his first eight appearances of the season. However, he hit a major speed bump in June where he allowed 12 earned runs in his final nine appearances for the Mariners.
Despite his subpar season, it is no surprise to see a contending team like the Blue Jays jump at the chance to add Romo. He is not the same pitcher he was with the Giants, but he has a championship pedigree and still gets a fair number of strikeouts.
The 39-year-old righty spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Giants where he was a part of three World Series championship runs. Romo tallied a 2.11 ERA in 25 postseason appearances with the Giants from 2010 - 2014.
He posted a 2.58 ERA in a Giants uniform before departing via free agency. Since then, he has made stops with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2017), Tampa Bay Rays (2017 - 2018), Miami Marlins (2019), Minnesota Twins (2019 - 2020), Oakland A's (2021), and the Mariners (2022).
Romo joins a Blue Jays team that has a 42-33 record and is comfortably in the midst of the playoff hunt. Oddly enough, he will be teammates with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 12 years after facing off against Vladimir Guerrero of the Texas Rangers in the 2010 World Series.
Of course, the San Francisco ties do not end there. To create room on the 26-man roster, the Blue Jays optioned former Giants reliever Shaun Anderson.