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By Robert Dominguez
Looks like Sergio Romo may be joining the enemy.
The San Francisco Giants reliever will likely sign a one-year deal with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers this week, according to MLB.com.
Romo, who won three World Series with the Giants and excelled as their closer, spent the past two seasons as a set-up man, though arm trouble limited him to just 40 appearances in 2016.
The 33-year-old righty spent the winter playing in the Mexican League, and the showcase is paying off with the expected Dodgers contract — and a place on the Mexican team in the Caribbean World Series. Mexico has won four of the past six tournaments.
“The reason why I came out to play (n Mexico) was to show that I’m healthy and I’m OK and I got past certain injuries. And also, that I can get better still.”
No matter how far the Mexican team goes in the Caribbean Series this year, Romo also plans to play for Mexico in the World Baseball
Classic in March.
“Being out here in Mexico has been an eye-opener,” Romo, who was born in Brawley, Calif., and whose parents are Mexican, told MLB.com.
“It’s been one of those experiences that I have not really had in a while. The passion, the adrenaline and the excitement and everything that has to do with playing with Mexican baseball.”
Robert Dominguez, a senior editor at the New York Daily News, is also the managing editor of Viva, The News’ Latino lifestyle magazine, and is the co-author of “Bronx Bummers: The Unofficial History of the New York Yankees’ Bad Boys, Blunders and Brawls.” firstname.lastname@example.org