New Dodgers relief pitcher Sergio Romo will earn $3 million in his new, one-year deal with the team, per multiple reports.
Bambino Sedano of Puro Beisbol on Sunday was the first to report the $3 million figure, which according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports also includes incentives. Heyman noted that Romo, who made $8 million with the Giants in 2016, “took significantly less” to sign with the Dodgers.
The Rays and Yankees were also interested in Romo’s services, per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.
The deal is still pending a physical, which is expected to be completed this week.
Romo was pitching for Mexico in the Caribbean Series in Culiacan, Mexico last week, appearing in one game while allowing a run. Dodgers scout Mike Brito was there as well, and said Romo’s arm looked good and his sliders were sharp, per Ruben Castro of ESPN Deportes.
Romo’s career WHIP is 0.955, making him one of five active pitchers (with a minimum of 300 innings) with a WHIP under one. New teammate Kenley Jansen (0.893) is another.
After pitching for Mexico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Romo is expected to pitch for them again in 2017. He talked to Sanchez over the weekend about playing for Mexico:
"To put the uniform on again, it means a lot to me because I get to represent my dad and I get to represent my mom. I get to represent my grandparents and my aunts and uncles, who [were] all born in Mexico," he said. "I [have] a lot of pride in who I am and I'm proud of the person I've become -- and I'm very thankful that I had great examples ahead of me and they all started with Mexican origin."
The Dodgers will host a press conference on Wednesday to announce Mexico’s roster for the 2017 WBC, which is expected to also include first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.