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Tampa Bay Rays close to re-signing Sergio Romo

The popular side winder may be heading back to Tampa Bay soon

Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr./Getty Images

The Tampa Bar Rays are reportedly close to signing RHP Sergio Romo to a one-year major league deal, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. The amount going to Romo is not yet known.

Romo returns to the Rays after joining them halfway through the 2017 season. Romo had signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers last offseason but after struggling mightily with them over the first half of the season and he was designated for assignment, allowing the Rays to acquire him. Per reports, the Rays had actually outbid the Dodgers for Romo’s services prior to his signing, but he instead chose to go to L.A.

Known for his devastating slider, Romo overcame his struggles once he joined the Rays roster and helped transformed the bullpen into one of the majors league’s best during the latter part of 2017.

Romo appeared in 25 games for the Rays in 2017 and held opponents to a .176 batting average against him and maintained a 1.47 ERA / 2.96 FIP in just shy of 31 innings pitched.

2018 will be Romo’s 11th season in the majors, having made his debut with the San Francisco Giants during the 2008 season. He stayed with the Giants through the 2016 season, and while with San Francisco he became a fan favorite and enjoyed plenty of success during the team’s World Series runs as their closer.

The signing will help solidify a Rays bullpen that has been in total flux since the conclusion of the season, as several players have since left the team via free agency, including Tommy Hunter and Steve Cishek, who both landed three year deals.