Romo could be Astros backup plan

The Astros are reportedly tossing around the idea of pursuing Sergio Romo in the event that free agent closer David Robertson ultimately signs elsewhere, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Romo makes for a seemingly strong contingency plan for the up-and-coming Astros. Despite being removed from the Giants’ closer role this past season, Romo bounced back and pitched reasonably well down the stretch.

Though there are also some durability concerns surrounding the 31-year-old right-handed Romo, he could be a good fit for a young, improving franchise.

That said, the Astros’ focus for the time being remains on Robertson. Yet with multiple other teams, including the Yankees, also pursuing Robertson, the Astros are at least getting a backup plan in order.

— Paul Casella

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