When it comes to relief pitchers, it’s usually only closers that get recognition for their talents and not the set-up men, long relievers or even the middle relievers.
Sergio Romo is one of the best relief pitchers that’s not a closer. While he has experience closing, he’s typically a set-up man that pitches in the eighth inning to keep the game in his team’s favour or to prevent a small deficit from getting bigger.
In the 2020 season with the Twins, he posted a 4.05 ERA with 10 holds, five saves and an opponent average of .211 at the age of 37.
Back in his prime which he spent with the Giants from 2008-2015, he was really good as he compiled a 2.58 ERA with 498 strikeouts over 331 hits given up in 439.2 innings pitched over 515 games. He also recorded 142 holds and 84 saves in 102 chances.
Throughout his whole career, he has a 41-35 record, an ERA of 2.95 with 715 strikeouts over 504 hits given up in 643 innings pitched over 732 appearances. He did make five career starts but they all came as the opener with the Rays in 2018. He has 188 career holds and 135 saves in 165 opportunities for a conversion rate of 81.8%.
Back when Romo was a free agent during the 2018-19 offseason, the Blue Jays made an offer to him to come pitch north of the border, but he ultimately went south to pitch for the Marlins. With him hitting the open market again, they could circle back to him and if they were to sign him, he could compete for the closer’s role or be entrenched as the set-up man.