The Rays are bringing back veteran reliever Sergio Romo, adding some badly needed experience to their bullpen.
The one-year major-league deal with Romo won't be official and announced until he passes a physical. Plus the Rays first will have to clear a spot on the 40-man roster by trading for designating for assignment another player.
Romo, 35 next month, pitched well for the Rays after being acquired in late July from the Dodgers, posting a 1.47 ERA over 25 appearances.
Relying on cunning and control – and everything else but an overpowering fastball – the former Giants closer struck out 28 in 30.2 innings. The change of scenery, and leagues, did him well, as he struggled with the Dodgers, posting a 6.12 ERA over 25 innings.
Romo's experience will be welcomed, as the Rays lost Tommy Hunter (Phillies) and Steve Cishek (Cubs) to free agency, traded Brad Boxberger (D-backs), lost Chase Whitley (Braves) on waivers and non-tendered LHP Xavier Cedeno (White Sox).
Plus, at some point, they are likely to trade closer Alex Colome, who led the majors in saves last year, as part of their salary cutting. Lefty Dan Jennings could also be a trade possibility.
The Rays also signed right-hander Dustin McGowan to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.