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MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 11: Justin Wilson #37 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch during the seventh inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 11, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 11: Justin Wilson #37 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch during the seventh inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 11, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Sergio Romo – RHP

Sergio Romo began his career back in 2008 with the San Francisco Giants at the age of 25. He spent 9 years as a member of the Giants, serving as their closer from 2012-2014, being selected to the All-Star game in 2013 for the first time in his career.

He won 3 World Series with the Giants during his tenure before signing with their rival Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 2017 season. His time in LA was short-lived, however, as Romo underperformed initially and was traded away to the Tampa Bay Rays, who resigned him again the next year.

Last season as a member of the Rays, Romo was a member of one of the most unusual pitching staffs in Major League history. The team began using an “opener” at the beginning of games, meaning a reliever would star the games against the top of the order, and then the traditional starter would enter the game in the later innings, hence pitching deeper into games.

Romo was the “opening pitcher” 5 times last season, but also served as the teams closer at several points during the season as well. Overall, he appeared in 73 games, pitching 67.1 innings with a 4.14 ERA with 25 saves.

While Romo is no longer the All-Star closer he once was and is approaching the end of his career, as he showed last season, Romo still can be a reliable pitcher and could contribute to a contending team.

Over his 11 year career, Romo has compiled a career ERA of 2.86 and his willingness to take on the multiple roles last season as an opener, closer, and middle reliever shows that he will do whatever he is asked of if it means helping the team to win.

With a few openings remaining in the bullpen and many young pitchers currently on the team, a quality veteran like Romo who has experience in the postseason and performing in high-pressure situations could be an asset for the Mets, and a welcome addition to the team.

Proposed Contract: 1 year $4 million

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