Twins reportedly interested in bringing back Sergio Romo

The Minnesota Twins are interested in a reunion with one of their key bullpen arms for the 2020 season, although contract talks have not begun.

The Minnesota Twins had a rough trade deadline last July as they weren’t able to add a quality starting pitcher and swung and missed on the deal that brought Sam Dyson to the Twins. While the Twins have already cut ties with Dyson earlier this offseason, it appears that their other deadline deal could be more than just a rental.

According to Dan Hayes of The Athletic, the Twins have shown interest in bringing right-hander Sergio Romo back for the 2020 season. Although it isn’t clear whether talks for a new contract have begun, Hayes noted that Romo appeared to enjoy his time in Minnesota meaning it wouldn’t be too hard to twist his arm to come back.

The Twins acquired Romo from the Miami Marlins last July and his presence did wonders for a bullpen that had struggled throughout the month of June. While it didn’t materialize in the American League Divisional Series with the New York Yankees, Romo’s veteran leadership and fun attitude was an energy boost down the stretch.

Romo’s performance also paid dividends for the Twins, as he posted a 3.18 ERA in 22 1/3 innings while recording three saves. Although he’ll turn 37 next March, bringing him back would give the Twins a reliable set-up man to get the ball to Taylor Rogers at the end of games.

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It will be interesting to see if the interest is mutual and if it is, when the Twins can get a deal done to bring Romo back for 2020.