Twins decline option on Romo’s 2021 contract

Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) delivers during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

(Bring Me The News) – The Minnesota Twins declined their 2021 option on reliever Sergio Romo on Wednesday night.

The move saves the Twins $5 million on next year’s payroll and begins a potential overhaul in their bullpen for next season.

Romo was acquired in July of 2019 as the Twins tried to build their bullpen on the fly in the middle of a pennant race. The right-hander was solid in their push to the AL Central crown, compiling a 3.18 ERA in 22 2/3 innings.

In 2020, Romo got off to a strong start but faltered down the stretch with a 6.52 ERA in his final 13 games. With Romo entering his age-39 season, the Twins decided to move on.

Entering this offseason, the Twins will look to add upgrades to a bullpen that stumbled after a solid end to 2019. With Taylor Rogers struggling, the Twins may look to add an arm or two in free agency or via trade.


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