Does it make sense for the Marlins to bring Sergio Romo back next season after dealing him at the MLB Trade Deadline?
The Marlins traded the closer prior to the Minnesota Twins for minor league first baseman Lewin Diaz. There has been some chatter Romo wouldn’t mind returning to Miami, where he served as the team’s closer and had success for the 57-105 team.
It makes plenty of sense given Romo is a low-cost, high-reward type of acquisition that fits into what the front office wants to achieve in free agency this coming offseason. The specialist’s role fell apart once Romo was traded to the American League playoff team.
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Given that Jose Urena and Ryne Stanek weren’t proficient in the final month of the season, if Romo is not the answer, Miami will still need to consider bringing in an arm or two, or give Jarlin Garcia or potentially Jeff Brigham a chance in Spring Training to win the job.
Another option might be Drew Steckenrider, who was believed to be the frontrunner for the job in Spring Training, but he could not secure the spot. Marlins manager Don Mattingly still may give Urena a chance to once again earn the role, but it would have to be a dominant showing once the team goes to camp in February.
This could be a longer-term deal for Romo if he were to come back to South Florida.
"“Last time around, Romo dangled on the free-agent market into Spring Training, accepting a modest $2.5 million guarantee from the Fish,” writes Ely Sussman of Fish Stripes. “However, expect him to draw more interest this coming offseason. His 3.68 FIP across 65 appearances was his best since 2015. His 2.54 WPA established a new career-high. The aging process hasn’t done much to weaken his signature slider, which continues to account for the majority of his total pitches thrown.”"
The Marlins could be in the market for both starting pitchers and relievers this offseason. Romo has experience in the bullpen but could be a valuable asset in helping to bring young arms along with his leadership. Wanting to come back to south Florida is an indication that veterans are buying into what the front office is doing to make changes for the betterment of the franchise.
It might also be a sign that players believe this team is closer to winning ballgames than some might think.