Sailors add noticeable veteran depth in the bullpen

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The Seattle Mariners look dangerous on paper for the 2022 season.

After acquiring Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez from the Cincinnati Reds and Adam Frazier from the San Diego Padres, as well as signing left-hander Robbie Ray, this is a team that looks like it could challenge the Houston Astros and maybe even overtake them in the West.

And they haven’t finished adding yet.

This morning it was announced that the Mariners and veteran reliever Sergio Romo have reached an agreement on a one-year contract worth $2 million.

The 39-year-old right-hander spent the 2021 season with the Oakland Athletics.

Romo went 1-1 and had a 4.67 ERA while posting a 0.1 WAR.

A veteran presence

Romo isn’t quite what he used to be, as last season’s stats show, but when he’s right, he can be a valuable asset outside the bullpen.

The right-hander was part of three World Series championship teams in five years with the San Francisco Giants, serving as the closest when San Francisco won it all in 2012.

The veteran reliever has a 42-35 lifetime record and a 3.10 ERA.

If he’s right, this could be a great comeback for Seattle.

He’s a guy who has closing experience and can be used as a builder for the current closest Diego Castillo.

The Mariners have certainly been busy this offseason and now look set to challenge the Astros in the AL West.

Seattle finished 90-72 in 2021, five games behind the Astros for the AL West title and two games behind the New York Yankees for the second AL Wild Card.

With an additional Wild Card slot added to each league, the playoffs now have 12 teams instead of 10, giving Seattle a clearer path to October.

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