NEAL: Sergio Romo a Free Agent After Twins Decline 2021 Option
Image courtesy of © David Berding-USA TODAY SportsThe Twins have decided to pay Romo a $250,000 buyout rather than bring him back in 2021. Romo joins fellow 2020 Twins relievers Trevor May and Tyler Clippard on the free agent market.
Romo came to the Twins around the trade deadline of 2019, and pitched well enough for the team to bring him back as a free agent this past winter. All told, Romo has delivered a 3.59 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 4.55 K:BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings for Minnesota over the past two years.
While it's difficult to invest too much into the shortened 2020 season, Romo's performance did fade as the year went on. He had a 1.74 ERA through his first 11 appearances, then pitched to a 6.52 ERA over his final 13 games of the regular season. He also was credited with three runs in Game 1 of the Wild Card series against Houston, though none of them were earned.
While a Twins reunion is still possible for Romo, May or Clippard, that's a significant amount of the 2020 Twins bullpen set to hit the open market. Those three combined to log 69 1/3 of the team's 231 relief innings this season, which comes out to 30% of the workload.
Romo was one of many players added to the free agent pool today. Here's a list of other players who had their options declined today:
- Corey Kluber, RHP, TEX
- Kolten Wong, 2B, STL
- Wilson Ramos, C, NYM
- Robinson Chirinos, C, NYM
- Todd Frazier, IF, NYM
- Adam Eaton, OF, WAS
- Anibal Sanchez, RHP, WAS
- Eric Thames, 1B, WAS
- Howie Kendrick, UT, WAS
- Daniel Murphy, 1B, COL
- Mike Leake, RHP, ARI
- Hector Rondon, RHP, ARI
- Junior Guerra, RHP, ARI
- Kendall Graveman, RHP, SEA
- Dee Strange-Gordon, UT, SEA
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