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Sergio Romo and the Giants put off contract talks until the offseason

May 8, 2014, 5:02 PM EDT

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Sergio Romo is in the second year of a two-year, $9 million deal which took him through his arbitration years. With free agency looming, however, there will likely not be a new deal between the Giants and their closer. Jon Heyman reports that Romo and the team have agreed to hold off on contract talks, likely until the end of the season.

Committing big money to closers is usually a sucker’s bet, and that’s true even if Romo is currently 10-for-10 in save chances with 1.88 ERA so far this season. If I was Brian Sabean I’d wait too.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 8, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Especially closers who throw sliders 50+% of the time…

    • illuminancer - May 8, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      The slider works remarkably well for him.

      • thenoblebard93 - May 8, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        I agree completely. Watching that slider move is one of the most beautiful things in baseball.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 9, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        It does, but it can be tough on the ol’ elbow, from what I hear. I would think a guy who relies on it as much as Romo would be an increased injury risk.

  2. anxovies - May 8, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    This has nothing to do with the subject of this blog but the U.S. Supreme Court entered an opinion Monday in Tolan v. Cotton. Tolan is Robert (Robbie) Tolan, the son of former major league outfielder Bobby Tolan. The younger Tolan was shot by a police officer at his father’s home in a Houston suburb in 2008. The officer ran the plates on Tolan’s car and mistakenly entered the wrong plate number which came back as a stolen car. The officer had the younger Tolan and a companion on the ground in front of the residence. Bobby Tolan and his wife came out of the home and protested that the car belonged to the family but the officer and other officers who responded refused to listen. Instead one of the officers roughed up Mrs. Tolan, and when her son protested, shot the younger Tolan several times. Robbie Tolan was a baseball prospect in the Nationals organization and the serious injuries from the shooting ruined his career.
    The Supreme Court’s per curium opinion reversed the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the district court, finding that the district court erred in granting summary judgment in favor of the officer. The case is seen as a victory for persons who attempt to sue police officers in civil rights cases. The federal courts have gone to great pains to avoid holding officers and police departments accountable even in the most egregious cases. The case can be read at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/13-551_ihdk.pdf

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