The 28-year-old began the season with the hopes of landing a spot on Seattle's Opening Day roster by working out at first base, but knee and back issues kept him out of the majors until May. While he was with the big club, he technically posted a career-best batting average. That's not saying much, though, considering he never held a clip above the Mendoza Line in the big leagues, and he still didn't solve his strikeout problems (21.1 percent). Stefen Romero absolutely mashed at Triple-A Tacoma, so there seems to still be something left in the tank, so rather than beat his head against a wall in the Mariners organization, he'll head to Japan with the hope of resurrecting his professional career overseas.
The Mariners granted Romero his release Friday to allow him to pursue an opportunity to play in Japan. Romero played in just nine games with the Mariners in 2016 and evidently had little hope for an expanded role next season. The 28-year-old has a strong track record of success at the Triple-A level, with a .299/.347/.514 line in parts of four seasons, but those numbers come with the grain of salt that accompanies all numbers posted in the Pacific Coast League.
Romero was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday. Romer's performance was underwhelming during his limited action with the Mariners. Over nine games, Romero went 4-for-17 with four strikeouts. However, he'll return to Tacoma, where he owns a stellar /.314/.371/.551 line with 19 home runs and 80 RBI.
Romero is in the lineup for Friday's matchup with the Brewers. The Mariners will waste no time in putting the recently called up Romero to work. He will man first base and hit sixth in the order. He has recorded just three hits in 15 at-bats with the Mariners this season.
Romero was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. This move was made subsequently to the team optioning Dae-Ho Lee. Romero has been from in Tacoma since June 6. He is slashing .314/.371/.551 for the Rainiers on the season. He also has three hits in 15 at-bats with the Mariners.
Romero was optioned back to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday. Romero was recalled late last month and appeared in eight games for the Mariners, going 3-for-15 at the plate with two RBI and four strikeouts. With Ketel Marte (thumb) officially activated from the DL on Monday, Romero will head back to Triple-A to free up a spot on the 25-man roster.