Romine signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Friday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Romine is the classic journeyman utility player. He's gotten at least some big-league time for nine straight seasons with three different organizations but owns just a .235/.291/.301 career line and has only once received at least 300 plate appearances. The only time he's posted a wRC+ greater than 71 came in just 21 plate appearances back in 2012. He's played all nine positions at some point in his career, giving him multiple avenues onto the roster, but he's unlikely to play a significant role in Philadelphia this season.
Romine went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run in a win over the Blue Jays on Sunday. Making a second consecutive start at the keystone in place of Dee Gordon (ankle), Romine managed to be productive by showing a discerning eye at the plate. The versatile veteran crossed the plate with the first run of the game for either club on Nelson Cruz's three-run home run in the third and has acquitted himself well at the plate over a small sample in August thus far. Factoring in Sunday's production, Romine has been on base four times (a single, a double, two walks), notched an RBI, and scored Sunday's run over three starts and one outing as an in-game defensive replacement.
Romine is in Saturday's starting lineup, playing second base and batting eighth. Romine is filling in for the injured Dee Gordon, who sustained an ankle injury Thursday. It's a rare start for Romine, who has just 11 at-bats since the All-Star break.
Romine went 3-for-5 with a run in a win over the Blue Jays on Thursday. Romine drew his second start of May and parlayed it into his first multi-hit effort of the season. The veteran utility man's playing time has been exceedingly sporadic, as has his success with the bat. Even factoring in Thursday's strong performance and his scant 25 plate appearances on the season, his line remains an unsightly .174/.208/.217.
Romine is slated to be on the Mariners' Opening Day roster, although he's yet to be officially informed, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The jack-of-all-trades' versatility is apparently too good to pass up for manager Scott Servais, who plans to deploy Romine liberally in order to keep his starters fresh. The 33-year-old hit an uninspiring .225 with one home run and seven RBI over 45 spring plate appearances, but his considerable major-league experience and defensive versatility appear to have won him a spot to open the season.