The Seattle Mariners are looking dangerous on paper entering the 2022 season.
After acquiring Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez from the Cincinnati Reds and Adam Frazier from the San Diego Padres, as well as signing left-hander Robbie Ray, this is a team that looks like it could challenge the Houston Astros and possibly even overtake them in the AL West.
And they aren’t done adding just yet.
This morning, it was announced that the Mariners and veteran reliever Sergio Romo have come to an agreement on a one-year deal worth $2 million.
The 39-year-old right-hander spent the 2021 season with the Oakland Athletics.
Romo went 1-1 and had an ERA of 4.67 while posting an 0.1 WAR.
The Mariners are indeed finalizing a one-year, Major League deal worth $2 million with veteran reliever Sergio Romo, as @JesseSanchezMLB reported.
— Daniel Kramer (@DKramer_) March 23, 2022
A Veteran Presence
Romo isn’t quite what he used to be, as the stats from last season show, but when he’s right, he can be a valuable piece out of the bullpen.
The right-hander was a part of three World Series championship teams in five years with the San Francisco Giants, serving as the closer when San Francisco won it all in 2012.
The veteran reliever has a lifetime record of 42-35 and ERA of 3.10.
If he’s right, this could be a great pickup for Seattle.
He’s a guy who has closing experience and can be used as a setup guy for current closer Diego Castillo.
The Mariners sure have been busy this offseason and now look like they’re ready to challenge the Astros in the AL West.
Seattle finished 90-72 in 2021, five games behind the Astros for the AL West title and two games behind the New York Yankees for the second AL Wild Card.
With an additional Wild Card spot being added to each league, the postseason is now 12 teams instead of 10, which gives Seattle a clearer path to October.NEXT: Mariners GM Ready To Keep Adding Talent In Seattle