Reliever Sergio Romo has signed a two-year, $15 million deal with the San Francisco Giants, the team announced Monday.
Romo told the team's official site that he was tempted by three-year offers he received from multiple teams but ultimately decided the comfort factor with the Giants was more important than a third year on his contract.
Said Giants manager Bruce Bochy of Romo: "He's meant so much to our success. He knows all of us; we know him. I can't say enough about how he carried himself this year. I know we made a switch, but he was all about winning."
Romo lost his closer's role to Santiago Casilla after blowing three out of five save opportunities in late June and finished with a 3.72 ERA in 2014, the second-worst mark of his career. But he allowed just two runs over his final 23 games of the year and allowed just one run in seven postseason innings.
The 31-year-old has spent his entire seven-year career with the Giants, record a 2.51 career ERA. He was named an All-Star in 2013 when he had a career-high 38 saves.
In addition to signing Romo, the Giants have reportedly re-signed starting pitcher Jake Peavy and traded for Miami Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee. San Francisco also made a bid for starting pitcher Jon Lester, who ultimately signed with the Chicago Cubs.
- Ben Estes