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Report: Giants free agent reliever Romo down to Dodgers, mystery team

Report: Giants free agent reliever Romo down to Dodgers, mystery team

Giants free agent reliever Sergio Romo is still seeking a team to lace up his spikes and toe the rubber with just a few weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training. 

While a reunion in San Francisco seems highly unlikely, the Giants may still see plenty of Romo in 2017. The veteran right-hander is reportedly down to two remaining teams in free agency -- the Dodgers and an unidentified team.

On Tuesday, Romo shared his desire to return to the Giants, but acknowledged it was definitely a long shot. "I'd love to go back to San Francisco, but at this point, it doesn't seem to be in the cards," Romo said to SiriusXm's MLB Network Radio. "It seems more of a possibility that I will go elsewhere." 

Over his nine-year MLB career, Romo has made nearly $27 million, including $9 million in 2016. But, money isn't a factor on the open market for Romo, 33, who will turn 34 in March before the season begins.

"I'm looking for that right situation. I'm thankful that teams are still calling. But right now, it's not really money," says Romo. "It's not. It's more so finding exactly the place I need to go, the place I know I'll be able to have the privilege of saying, like I did in San Francisco, that I went to work happy every day." 

Behind only San Francisco's AT&T Park and Arizona's Chase Field, the stadium Romo has appeared in the third-most times in his career is Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. And, Romo has put up some of his best numbers against the Giants' biggest rival. 

Appearing out of the bullpen 27 times, Romo owns a 1.82 ERA in 24.2 innings pitched at Dodger Stadium. He has struck out 31 Dodgers to only three walks on the road. 

Romo was used in multiple roles for the Giants last season, including as a closer while the team struggled to finish games. Though he posted a 2.64 ERA to go with a perfect 1-0 record in 40 games, Romo had an up-and-down season as he also battled injuries. 

Spending all nine of his years in the majors with the Giants, Romo has compiled a 32-26 record with 84 saves. Romo was named an NL All-Star in 2013 and won three World Series (2010, 2012 and 2014) with the Giants. 

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was first to report the news on Romo deciding between the Dodgers and a mystery team. 

Five mistakes that will haunt Giants after 77th loss of 2017

Five mistakes that will haunt Giants after 77th loss of 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — If the Giants were in a different situation, Tuesday night’s loss was the kind that really would sting for a few days. As is, it was simply loss No. 77 in a stunningly bad season. 

The Giants went down 4-3 in somewhat familiar fashion, with their offense failing to break through and their bullpen coming up short. But this loss, No. 77, was also about small mistakes, both mental and physical. Let’s count down some of the ways the Giants went down:

--- Gorkys Hernandez, a late addition to the lineup because Hunter Pence has a tight hamstring, dropped a fly ball in deep right in the fourth inning. That cost Jeff Samardzija a run and a few more pitches. Bruce Bochy said Pence likely will be off Wednesday and then return Friday in Arizona. 

--- Bochy pulled Samardzija after just 89 pitches, and it was certainly peculiar in the moment. The thing is, the intention fit in with the reality of this season. Samardzija has carried a heavy load and Bochy was trying to protect his arm a bit. 

“The inning before, he logged some pitches,” Bochy said. “I’ve worked him pretty hard and I’m really looking after him as much as anything. We’re trying to give some guys a break and it didn’t work out. We had some guys lined up in the seventh, eighth, ninth — it just didn’t work out in the seventh.”

--- You can’t really argue with protecting a big-money pitcher in a down year. But Bochy probably wishes he had chosen someone other than Albert Suarez, who was fresher than others but has now given up runs in six of seven appearances. Suarez turned a one-run lead into a one-run deficit. It was more glaring when Kyle Crick entered and pitched 1 1/3 sharp innings. 

--- The Giants still had a chance — it helped that the Brewers took a dominant Josh Hader out of the game just because he’s a lefty and Nick Hundley bats right-handed — and they put two on in the eighth. Denard Span hit a soft single to right and Phil Nevin waved Hundley, who has catcher’s legs. He was out by a mile. Bochy said he was fine with forcing the issue there, although that’s a call Nevin probably wants back. 

Another twist on the play: Bochy could have put speedy Orlando Calixte in for Hundley and then moved Pablo Sandoval over to first in the next inning, with Calixte at third. He didn’t second-guess that decision.

“He was out pretty easily,” Bochy said. “I don’t know if a little more speed would have helped out.”

--- In the bottom of the ninth, Kelby Tomlinson singled. He was promptly caught stealing second with the heart of the order coming up. Again, a decision that went the visiting team’s way. 

Those moments could be defended or second-guessed. On another night, maybe they all work out and the Giants win 3-2, or 6-4. On this night, it was simply a familiar script, and loss No. 77.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 4-3 loss to Brewers

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 4-3 loss to Brewers

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SAN FRANCISCO — Just when it seemed the Giants were starting to find some continuity in their bullpen, they have taken a couple of steps back. 

Two days after Hunter Strickland imploded late, Albert Suarez gave up the lead. The Giants lost 4-3 to the Brewers in a game that dragged. The Brewers did open the window a bit in the bottom of the eighth and Denard Span bounced a single to right with two outs and two on. Phil Nevin waved Nick Hundley all the way around third and Hundley was thrown out by 10 feet to end the inning. 

Anyway, here are five other things to know … 

—- Just one of Jeff Samardzija’s six innings went 1-2-3, and Bruce Bochy turned to the bullpen after just 89 pitches. Samardzija was charged with two runs, one of them earned. It was a little odd that he came out so early. 

—- Suarez entered in the seventh with a one-run lead and gave up two runs before being lifted. He has allowed a run in six of his last seven appearances. 

—- Brandon Crawford momentarily gave the Giants the lead with a two-run homer, his 11th. He is definitely starting to hit his stride. Crawford has four extra base hits and six RBI on the homestand. 

—- Why is it so hard for the Giants to sign power bats? Well, just ask Eric Thames. He hit a 433-foot blast to lead off the third but ended up with just a triple when it bounced off the top of the bricks in right-center. Per Statcast data, Thames is the first player in the last three years to hit a ball more than 430 feet and not get a homer. He was stranded at third. 

—- Over in Sacramento, a couple of rehab appearances went as planned. Johnny Cueto threw three scoreless innings for the River Cats; he will make at least one more minor league start. Joe Panik was 0-for-2 in five innings; he will join the San Jose Giants on Wednesday for another rehab game.