It appears that former Toronto Blue Jay starter Ricky Romero has found himself a new team, and it’s on the other side of the country. According to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, Romero is nearing a deal with the San Francisco Giants:
— bob elliott (@elliottbaseball) May 11, 2015
The lefty logged 37.2 innings for the Jays Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bison in 2014 before suffering a left knee injury in June that would bring his season to an end. The 30-year old was in the midst of rehabbing from that injury when he was released on April 25 from the last season of a five-year, $30.1 million extension signed in 2010. Romero last pitched in the big leagues on September 25, 2013, and surely will be looking to return to his pre-2012 form in order to help the reigning World Champs retain their crown. Help that, it seems, the Giants could use.
While San Francisco’s rotation has been led at the front by the reigning World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, Chris Heston, and a pleasant surprise in Tim Lincecum, the backend has been less than impressive thus far. Following a back injury to Jake Peavy, the Giants have received sub-par performances from veterans Tim Hudson and Ryan Vogelsong, who have a 4.50 ERA and 6.53 ERA, respectively.
Romero, who was the sixth overall pick in the 2005 draft, has struggled of late in his career. The 2011 All-Star spent the majority of 2013 in the minor leagues following a 2012 MLB season in which he posted a 5.77 ERA with 105 walks over 181 innings.
However, now that the southpaw is healthy once again, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him return to an All-Star-caliber player. A player who could greatly help the Giants in pursuit of an NL West title, as well as another World Championship.