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Could the Giants bring back Sergio Romo, too?

SAN FRANCISCO – One day after reports broke that the Giants would renew a relationship with Pablo Sandoval, another of their former World Series heroes shook loose.
The Dodgers designated right-hander Sergio Romo for assignment on Thursday.
Romo, 34, had a 6.12 ERA in 30 appearances and had barely pitched for the Dodgers this month. The NL West leaders needed his roster spot to add left-hander Grant Dayton to the bullpen.
Like Sandoval, Romo was more tolerated than respected in many corners of the Giants clubhouse by the end of his tenure. But Romo did not badmouth anyone on the way out, even while signing a $3 million contract to join their archrival, instead expressing that his first desire was to stay and that he’d always be grateful to fans for their support here.
Could Romo come back, too?
Don’t think so.
There’s a reason the Giants didn’t re-sign Romo after last season, though. His performance had slipped against right-handed hitters, and he cackled on the mound a few times as he handed over the baseball to Manager Bruce Bochy. He was a key part of a bullpen that blew a franchise-record 32 saves, and management determined that it was time to set a new course. Related Articles

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The Giants’ biggest need in that bullpen at present is from the left side, where Steven Okert and Josh Osich have both struggled to establish themselves. Betting on a 30-year-old like Sandoval who is willing to go to the minors and might have some remaining skills against right-handed pitching? Sure. Betting on Romo becoming a lockdown presence for them late in games again? Probably not.
It’s not as if the Giants are trying to reassemble all their former World Series players. They could’ve brought back Angel Pagan at any time this season. Even with their outfield crumbling into oblivion, they didn’t do it.
None of this is meant to detract from what Romo accomplished as a Giant and the legacy that he created. This is a guy who pitched as fearlessly as anyone who ever wore a Giants uniform. He not only threw the final pitch in a World Series clincher, but it was a ballsy two-seamer that completely fooled Miguel Cabrera in a year that Cabrera won the Triple Crown in the American League.
Not bad for a 5-foot-nothing kid with an impossible Frisbee slider who bounced from Brawley to junior colleges in Yuma and Grand Junction to the University of North Alabama before he found an organization that believed in him as much as he believed in himself.

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