Sergio Romo - Brian Wilson: Giants Crowded Bullpen
He became a go-to closer in a season where Brian Wilson went under the knife for Tommy-John surgery. His ability to stay loose and true to who he is allows him to get on the mound and trust his stuff is better than anyone who dares step up to the plate. There isn't a soul on the planet who can hit Romo when he's on his game. Locating his fastball every once in a while to keep his batters on their toes was on full display when he caught Miguel Cabrera looking to complete the sweep in Detroit.
The question now becomes; what happens when Brian Wilson returns. The bearded entertainer with straight heat , who helped guide the Giants to their 2010 championship with Romo playing in a crowded bullpen. Wilson will return from injury next season and Romo, almost certainly will want to remain a Giant, so Bruce Bochy will have some decisions to make if both are to stay in the Bay.
Which brings us to our next question; will Romo or Wilson relocate? Will one be moved in an effort to bring in more offense? These are tough questions a great GM needs to balance and see where he can afford to let go and where he needs to shore up. Brian Sabean has been at this for years and has been quite successful rebuilding this team after the Barry bonds era.
Two world championships within a three year span allows the General Manager to be relatively calm this offseason and plug in talent where needed. Romo figures to be sticking around for years to come as a reliever of his stature is a hot commodity in today's league.
Marco Scutaro and Angel Pagan were important pieces to this seasons team, however, the Giants made the mistake of overpaying Aubrey Huff and Cody Ross after their big seasons two years ago -- and Sabean will almost assuredly remember that. Huff will be gone and Ross has already moved onto Boston (however, he could be back in SF, you heard it here first). Scutaro just turned 37, he had a phenomenal end of the season including the postseason and Pagan anchored the leadoff spot all season. Was it enough to earn them a deal to remain in the Bay?