Would Sergio Romo be a fit at closer for the White Sox?
Oct 15, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) pitches during the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the 2014 NLCS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
As of right now, San Francisco Giants late-inning reliever Sergio Romo is set to pitch in the World Series against the Kansas City Royals, but once the Fall Classic is complete, Romo will be a free agent.
Mar 28, 2014; Birmingham, Al, USA; Chicago White Sox pitcher Nate Jones (65) throws to a Birmingham Barons batter at Regions Field. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
It is no secret the White Sox need a closer. They have Nate Jones returning from mostly a season-long injury, but he hasn’t pitched in competitive baseball since April, so who knows what he’ll bring to the table.
As for Romo, he’s been up and down this postseason. With seven appearances combined in the NLDS and NLCS, he has no saves, but he’s not their closer anymore like he was for the 2012 championship team.
In the NLDS, Romo pitched three innings, allowing no runs and just two hits no walks. He also struck out two of the 11 total batters he faced.
The NLCS saw Romo make four appearances, pitching a total of 1.2 innings, where he allowed one earned run on two hits and one walk.
As for the regular season of Romo, he was 6-4 with a 3.72 ERA in 64 games. In what amounted to 58 innings, he allowed 43 hits, 24 earned runs, nine home runs and even walked 12.
Romo finished with a WAR (wins above replacement) of 0.3, lower than his 2013 WAR of 0.7 and 2.0 WAR of 2012, the year the Giants last won the World Series.
Now the question is … does Romo fit into what the White Sox want to do in their bullpen, especially at closer in 2015?
If he wants to stay with the Giants, they have the advantage with the fact he’s from California, and they are in the World Series, but if he is what the White Sox are looking for, they might be able to pay more than what the Giants would be willing to offer.
This season, Romo is making $5.5 million, so I’m guessing to obtain a reliever like Romo, it won’t be cheap for the White Sox.
In comparison to the White Sox closer by committee of 2014, none of them had more saves than Romo, with Jake Petricka leading the White Sox with 14.
With relievers having six or more save opportunities for the White Sox, only Petricka (2.96) and Zach Putnam (1.98) had an ERA lower than Romo.
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But in comparison yet again, Romo did have five blown saves, converting 23-of-28 chances, while Petricka was 14-of-18, Ronald Belisario 8-of-12 and Matt Lindstrom 6-of-10 in his save opportunities.
It is a tough call for the White Sox if Romo does hit the free agent market, because on one hand they need just one closer, because nobody is a fan of the committee of closers, but they need to find the right player to handle the role of closer.
Maybe the potential player is already on the roster in Jones or Petricka, but with the potential of having Romo on the free agent market, I believe the White Sox should if nothing else just take a close look at him and see if he fits their ’15 plan.
What are your thoughts?