NL West Rumors: Sergio Romo On His Way To Houston?

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Sergio Romo, a familiar foe for the Colorado Rockies, could be on his way out of the NL West according to recent rumors.

During the off-season, it’s about the little things that bring us joy. And for me personally, I can think of nothing better than the thought that Sergio Romo can go annoy the opposing teams in some other division instead of the NL West next season.

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Romo was removed from the closer’s role for the San Francisco Giants because of a rough patch in 2014, but that might misrepresent his body of work last season. The soft-tossing, slider-spinning righty still posted a 3.72 ERA in 64 appearances. He might not have been the lock-down guy he was when he saved 38 games in 2013, but he was still quite good and played an important role for the Giants on his way to another World Series ring.

With the animated reliever now a free agent, it is hard to imagine him playing for anybody but the Giants. That possibility could become a reality, however, and Jon Heyman reports that the Houston Astros might be one interested team:

One would think that Romo stands to be a potential bargain this winter since he was technically removed from the closer’s role this past season, but the idea that the Astros view Romo as a potential backup plan to David Robertson might shoot down that theory. Even if it would cost less than Robertson, one presumes that Houston would ink Romo with the intention of having him close.

If the Astros did get serious about Romo, it would be interesting to see if he was persuaded by the chance to close again, even if it means going from the World Champions to the basement of Major League Baseball.

As for seeing Romo leave the division, he actually doesn’t own the Rockies nearly as much as it feels like he does sometimes. He has a career 4.42 ERA against Colorado in 46 appearances. Still, I would be happy to see him go, and here’s why: Sergio Romo finished 20 of those 46 games in which he pitched against the Rockies. That means that I have been subjected to his celebration thing 20 times in my life.

I have seen more than enough of Romo’s annoyingly good slider, his annoying bad fastball, and his annoyingly annoying celebrations. I am ready for him to not be in the Giants’ bullpen for those tortuous late-night Rockies’ games at AT&T Park.

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