The Twins are close to bringing back free agent Sergio Romo on a one-year deal with an option for 2021, a source told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez on Monday. The deal is pending a physical.
Per MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, Romo’s deal will be for $5 million, and the club option could take it up to $10 million total over the next two years.
The club has not confirmed the deal.
Minnesota acquired the veteran reliever from the Marlins just before the 2019 Trade Deadline. The 36-year-old right-hander had a 3.18 ERA in 27 appearances for the American League Central champs down the stretch this past season, with 27 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings.
Romo pitched in a pair of postseason games during the Twins’ loss to the Yankees in the AL Division Series, allowing two runs in two innings pitched, but he has a 3.55 ERA in 29 career playoff appearances.
In 65 total outings for Miami and Minnesota in ’19, Romo had a 3.43 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings. He’s made at least 60 relief appearances in eight of the last 10 seasons.