3 relievers the St. Louis Cardinals might pursue post-lockout

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 31: Pitching coach Mike Maddux #31 of the St. Louis Cardinals walks to the mound during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 31, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 31: Pitching coach Mike Maddux #31 of the St. Louis Cardinals walks to the mound during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 31, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 18: Sergio Romo #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 18, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 18: Sergio Romo #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 18, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) /

Sergio Romo

Sergio Romo has been in the majors for 14 years and spent last season with the Oakland A’s.

Romo has had a lot of success as a reliever. For his career, he is 42-35 with 137 saves in 704.2 innings. He’s thrown 775 strikeouts. For the A’s, he was 1-1 in 2021 with three saves in 61.2 innings. He threw 60 strikeouts.

In 2021, Romo had a 22% put-away rate with his slider. The pitch averaged 77 mph with 38.3-inches of vertical drop and a 49% active spin rate. Romo also uses a sinker, changeup, and a four-seam fastball. Romo’s changeup is his pitch with the most movement, averaging 80.2 mph with a 99% active spin rate. The pitch generates a 41% whiff rate. Romo’s sinker averages 85.5 mph with an active spin of 86%, The four-seam fastball averages 85.6 mph with an 81% active spin.

Romo, 38, still has pretty good off-speed pitches that would be great to have available in late-inning situations. It would be interesting to see how he would adapt to pitching in St. Louis for the summer.