Despite having their 11-game winning streak snapped by the Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers are still rolling during the 2017 MLB season. At 66-30, Los Angeles has a comfortable lead in the NL West and look primed to make noise in the postseason.
As the July 31 MLB non-waiver trade deadline approaches, the Dodgers have a strong case to simply stay put as they have proven the roster is more than capable of reeling off wins. However, according to Matthew Moreno of Dodger Blue, it appears that Sergio Romo is on his way out of Los Angeles:
The Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday designated Sergio Romo for assignment in a corresponding move to reinstating Grant Dayton from the 10-day disabled list. Los Angeles has seven days to attempt to trade Romo or place him on waivers.
Manager Dave Roberts gave his rationale for Romo’s designation:
We felt this gives us a few days to trade him, find a fit, and if not, for him to land somewhere else. He always wanted to be a Dodger, and he had a chance to live that. “I know he wishes, we wish, the circumstances were different.
Romo never quite found his groove with the Dodgers, appearing in only 30 games and giving up hits and home runs at career-high rates. The reliever originally signed a one-year, $3 million deal last winter and while the 34-year-old got to live out his dream of playing for the Dodgers, the situation did not work out and both sides can officially move on.
Los Angeles has been rumored to be looking for a left-handed reliever to pair with Kenley Jansen and with the deadline looming, it will be interesting to see if they ultimately make a move. Already an elite team laden with talent, the Dodgers may finally get the chance to end their World Series drought.