The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to terms on a one-year, $3 million contract with veteran reliever Sergio Romo, according to people familiar with the situation, who requested anonymity because Romo must pass his physical before the deal becomes official.
Romo, 33, missed two months with San Francisco in 2016 because of a flexor strain, so the physical cannot be considered a formality. But he finished the season well, and was reported to be throwing without problems while pitching for Mexico in the Caribbean Series.
Romo had a 2.64 ERA in 40 appearances last season. He had 84 saves in his nine seasons with the Giants, including a career-high 38 in 2013. He was the closer for their 2012 World Series championship club.
The Dodgers needed another right-handed pitcher for the bullpen, and Romo fills that void. He may replace Joe Blanton as the primary set-up man for closer Kenley Jansen. Like Blanton, Romo is a decorated veteran who leans on his slider.
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