Sergio Romo is staying put in the NL West in 2017. However, he won't be in San Francisco--Romo's heading down south.
That's right, Romo signed a 1-year, $3 million deal with Los Angeles this week. The deal gives the Dodgers another key, veteran arm for the ups and downs of the regular season. Romo spent his first nine seasons with the Giants, winning three World Series titles in the process. Interestingly enough, the 34-year-old pitcher took less money to join the Dodgers, turning down a larger offer from Tampa Bay.
With all these moves in place, the Dodgers might have the scariest pitching staff in the division this season. But, hey, that's why they play the games.
Here's what else is happening around the National League West:
The Diamondbacks continue to grapple with Maricopa County over the terms of Chase Field, in an ugly legal battle that continues to stay in limbo following a lawsuit fired by the team last month. The Diamondbacks filed a lawsuit against the county in January, asking to explore other locations for the team after Maricopa County allegedly failed to provide the team with the money necessary to improve the stadium. The Diamondbacks' lease at Chase Field runs through 2028, but the team felt that the county's negligence was reason enough to sue anyway. The county fired back this week, dropping the suit and adding another bitter chapter to the legal soap opera in the desert.
The Giants have also joined the signing party. San Francisco signed utility infielder Aaron Hill this week, and the infielder will fight for his livelihood in spring training. Given Hill's past general success, I expect him to make the roster, especially after a hitting season that was productive by his standards (.262 between the Brewers and Red Sox). If he makes the roster, expect to see a lot of Hill at both second and third base.
The Rockies have emerged as a possible contender, and with that, they feel somewhat confident that they know who their guy is atop the mound on Opening Day. Jon Gray will likely be that guy for Colorado, as the 25-year-old righty could be poised for a breakout season. Gray was just 10-10 last season, but his other statistics speak towards Gray becoming a future ace--he racked up 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings, carried a fWAR of 3.7. The Rockies' starting rotation is one of youth and potential, but Gray is likely to emerge as the top dog over the next six weeks.
Watching reliever Carter Capps' funky delivery isn't always easy, but the former Marlin has gotten into a nice groove ever since being signed by the Padres last summer. Capps has progressed remarkably over the past year, and figures to compete for the Padres closing spot in 2017. Given the current state of the Padres bullpen (generally young and inconsistent), this might be the perfect opportunity for Capps to establish his career as a ninth-inning man.