The Yankees made a late push to sign free agent RH reliever Sergio Romo, reports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.
Romo agreed to a one-year deal with the Dodgers on Monday, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
The 33-year-old Romo had a 2.64 ERA (3.80 FIP) and 1.07 WHIP with 33 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings (40 appearances) for the Giants last season.
Despite the Yankees' apparent interest in Romo, I do not see the club addressing the bullpen at this point by signing a reliever to an MLB contract.
The Yankees have three "sure things" in their bullpen - Dellin Betances, Aroldis Chapman, and Tyler Clippard - with the remaining four slots likely to be filled from within. Two slots might come from a group of five pitchers who will battle for two vacant rotation spots -- Luis Cessa, Chad Green, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Severino, and Adam Warren.
Warren makes more sense to me as a bullpen option, while Yankees GM Brian Cashman has already stated that Severino would only make the club as a rotation member. I believe Severino has what it takes to make the rotation. That would leave Cessa, Green, and Mitchell to fill one role in the rotation and the other as potential long man.
Left-hander Tommy Layne is signed for 2017, but it does not assure him a roster spot as the Yankees have a slew of potential relievers littering their 40-man roster. Further, the Yanks have a contingent of relievers invited to spring training on minor league deals and I can envision more of those contracts being signed before next week. In my view, the competition for the spots not occupied by the back-end trio is wide open.