The Los Angeles Dodgers have heavily focused on their bullpen throughout the offseason, both with additions that figure to contribute this year and those that are more wild cards and organizational depth.
L.A. notably completed a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers to acquire Corey Knebel, and re-signed Blake Treinen to a multi-year contract that includes a team option for 2023. Tommy Kanhle was also brought in on a two-year contract, but he is recovering from Tommy John surgery and considered unlikely to pitch this season.
Jimmy Nelson, who joined the Dodgers prior to last season but did not appear in a game because of back surgery, was re-signed to a Minor League deal. Brandon Morrow and Brock Stewart also reunited with the organization on Minor League contracts.
The Dodgers have further added to their depth with the signing of Enny Romero, according to Hector Gómez of Z101 Sports:
— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) January 15, 2021
Romero last was in the Majors with the Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals. However, that only amounted to a combined eight games, pitching to a 12.60 ERA, 8.46 FIP and 2.90 WHIP.
Romero, who will turn 30 years old on Jan. 24, appeared in 50-plus games for the Tampa Bay Rays and Nationals from 2016-17. His best season came with the Nationals, when Romero was 2-4 with two saves and had a 3.56 ERA, 3.86 FIP and 1.40 WHIP over 53 games.
For his career, Romero owns a 5.12 ERA, 4.30 FIP and 1.60 WHIP to go along with a 23.4% strikeout rate, 11.1% walk rate and 40.5% groundball rate. He once had a fastball that reached triple digits but more recently sat around 95 mph with the Royals in 2018.
The southpaw has prior history with Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, as he was part of a Rays front office that signed Romero out of the Dominican Republic in 2013.
Dodgers reportedly interested in Hand, Yates
Despite having already added Knebel and Treinen, the Dodgers reportedly have interest in Brad Hand and Kirby Yates. Both are thought to be nearing a decision in free agency, with Hand potentially a lean toward the New York Mets.
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