Minnesota Twins: A deep dive on the Sergio Romo trade

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ST LOUIS, MO – JUNE 20: Sergio Romo #54 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eleventh inning at Busch Stadium on June 20, 2019, in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Twins executed a trade to acquire major-league pitcher Sergio Romo and minor league pitcher Chris Vallimont from the Miami Marlins in exchange for Lewin Diaz.

Sergio Romo

Let’s be honest with ourselves to start this thing off – he’s not the pitcher we were all hoping for. That said, he is a very solid reliever and has an outstanding track record of success at the highest level. Romo has a 3.58 ERA so far this season and though he’s not having an outrageously successful year, he has pitched very well. He’s an upgrade over the Minnesota Twins relievers that were here to start the year save Taylor Rogers.

Romo has also had ample time as a closer throughout his long 12-year career in the majors. With 126 career saves, it’s plausible to think Romo could lock down games for the Twins when needed. Though Taylor Rogers has, for the most part, been dominant this year, it would be nice to bring the lefty in during the highest of leverage situations.

If not closing down games for the Twins, he would be a solid piece just about anywhere out of the bullpen. Romo has a career 2.91 ERA, that is the type of experienced pitcher that should work well for the Minnesota Twins. With such a long career and clear track record of success, slotting a truly professional pitcher into the bullpen should be quite easy. Though not quite the “catch” the Twins were hoping for, this Marlin turned Twin should help the club.

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