Andrew Romine made at least one appearance at every position besides catcher in 2016, including double-digit games in center and at all four infield positions. His versatility allowed him to reach 194 plate appearances in 109 games, hitting .236 with two home runs, 16 RBI and 21 runs, while adding eight steals. He finished the season with a below average walk rate, contact rate, batting average on balls in play and just about every other offensive statistic. His value for the Tigers did not come at the plate, however. His versatility and ability to play multiple positions well defensively paid off for Detroit, as he finished 2016 with a .977 fielding percentage and six defensive runs saved. At 30 years old, a 2017 offensive breakout seems unlikely, though Romine will probably once again find a role as a utility man, which will earn him a fair amount of plate appearances.
Romine should once again serve in a super utility role for the Tigers this season, MLB.com reports. Romine brought eight different gloves to spring training, and the Tigers want him to break them all in. Last season, Romine appeared at all four infield positions and all three outfield positions, so he gives the team a lot of versatility off the bench. However, he's a career .240 hitter with very minimal power (six career home runs in seven MLB seasons), so he's not a great fantasy asset.
Romine signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Tigers on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Romine is coming off a season where he hit .236 and just two home runs. The veteran does bring a versatile skill set to the defensive side with his ability to play multiple positions in both the infield and outfield, so he should get plenty of action again in 2017 with the Tigers.
Romine is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, Jason Beck of MBlogs.com reports. With Romine sitting out, Erick Aybar will get the nod to start at the hot corner and hit seventh Sunday afternoon. Romine has improved at the plate recently, as he's hitting .310/.394/.414 over the last 14 games.
Romine is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Angels. Erick Aybar will start at shortstop and bat ninth as Romine heads to the bench. Romine has gone 3-for-8 with three RBI over Detroit's last two games, but owns a subpar batting average of .224 for the season.
Romine is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox. Romine will take a seat to make room for Cameron Maybin (thumb), who was activated by the Tigers on Sunday. Despite making four straight starts in center field, the switch-hitting utility man looks to be headed back to a reserve role. He hasn't done himself any favors with his bat, as Romine owns a .458 OPS since Aug. 1.