For the fourth straight season, Andrew Romine held down a utility role for the Tigers, where his defense enabled him to collect a career-high 348 plate appearances as injuries and second-half trades opened up more playing time for him than expected. As a hitter, he's posted a .238/.294/.307 line with 10 homers in 1,192 career plate appearances. Now 32, younger (and cheaper) players who might offer more of a ceiling at the plate are increasingly a threat to take his job. Romine was claimed by Seattle in December, but even if the Mariners decide to keep him because of his defensive versatility, there is no reason to expect him to eclipse 250 plate appearances. Additionally, his lack of growth as a hitter, and the limited contributions as a basestealer despite last season's career-high in plate appearances make him undesirable, even as a roster filler. Look elsewhere for your final reserve pick on draft day, even in the deepest of AL-only formats.
The Mariners hope Romine (shoulder) will be available for Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Brewers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Romine has been held out of exhibition play since March 13 while contending with the partially dislocated left shoulder. The Mariners don't appear too concerned about the injury and hope a week of rest will take care of the issue. Romine is competing with Taylor Motter this spring for the Mariners' top utility gig.
Romine doesn't expect to miss much time after incurring a shoulder subluxation in Tuesday's spring game, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. The super utility man reportedly has dealt with this issue before, and the team isn't overly concerned since he missed just a handful of games the last time it happened. The plan is for Romine to simply rest for now and get evaluated again at a later date. A firmer timetable for his return should emerge once he's re-examined.
Romine exited Tuesday's game against the Rockies after injuring his left shoulder while trying to make a tag at third base, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Romine took an awkward fall while attempting to make a play at third base and appeared to hurt his shoulder in the process. At this point in time, specific details regarding Romine's injury and eventual return are unavailable, although more should be known in the near future.
Romine went 0-for-3 with an RBI groundout in Monday's 4-2 Cactus League loss to the White Sox. The veteran has been solid this spring, hitting .267 (8-for-30) with a double, a home run, six RBI, two walks, two stolen bases and two runs. Romine's experience and versatility give him a leg up on securing an Opening Day roster spot, considering he's capable of backing up virtually any position. His offensive contributions have never been much to write home about, but he showed some unexpected pop last season in Detroit -- Romine parlayed a career-high 348 plate appearances into a new high-water mark of 23 extra-base hits.
Romine agreed to a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Mariners on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports. A waiver acquisition from Detroit last month, Romine appeared in a career-high 124 games last season. He packs very little punch with the bat, as evidenced by his wRC+ marks ranging from 57-71 over the past five years (100 is average). However, he can literally play every position on the diamond, as he showed on the final day of 2017 -- Romine became the fifth player in history to play all nine positions in a single game.