The Giants made an under-the-radar, yet important move as they re-signed RP Sergio Romo to a 2-year, $15 million deal. The deal is good for both Romo, who will be one of the highest paid set-up men in the Majors, and the Giants, who will only have to commit 2 years to Romo in a time where relievers are regularly signing risky 3 and 4 year deals.
Despite coming off of a season in which he posted his worst ERA (3.72) since 2009, Romo still posted the 10th best WHIP (0.94) in the NL. Romo’s ERA ballooned in part to him losing feel of his slider for a couple months, resulting in him giving up a career-high 9 home runs. The Giants are banking on that being a fluke and have good reason to believe that Romo’s contract will pan out to be a good one for them. Romo posted a stellar 1.80 ERA and 0.85 WHIP in the second half of 2014 (20.0 innings), and continued that success in the playoffs with a 1.29 ERA and 0.86 WHIP (7.0 innings). Other key factors are that Romo is a fan-favorite, he has closer experience should something happen to Casilla, and is playoff tested (playoff career: 2.11 ERA and 0.84 WHIP).
CRAZY STAT: Romo has the best WHIP (0.92) in MLB history among relief pitchers with 400+ career appearances.