PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – The Rays were willing to unload the money to bring in reliever free agent Sergio Romo.
Outlets have reported that major league sources have said that the Rays were not outbid. Rather, Romo’s decision to sign with the Dodgers comes from growing up in a Dodger-friendly environment and wanting to stay on the West Coast.
Ken Rosenthal reported on the Fox Sports website:
“The Rays, not the Dodgers, had the high bid for free agent Sergio Romo, according to major-league sources; the former Giants reliever, who grew up in a family of Dodgers fans in Brawley, Ca., took less to stay on the West Coast, according to major-league sources. His deal with the Dodgers, which is pending a physical, is for one year and $3 million, per FanRag Sports.”
For Rays fans, this shows that the team isn’t ready to be finished improving. One doesn’t have to look far for an answer as the Dodgers have not re-signed Joe Blanton. The 36-year-old righty from Bowling Green, Kentucky finished last season with a 7-2 record and a 2.48 ERA.
Watch for the Rays to get into a bidding war with division rival, the Yankees, in an attempt to seduce Blanton in joining their respective rotations.