Romine signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Monday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Romine opted to return to Philadelphia after being cut loose by the team last week. The veteran utility man owns a career .235/.291/.301 slash line across parts of nine major-league seasons and figures to operate as organizational depth.
Romine was granted his release Thursday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports. Romine was always a long shot to break camp with the Phillies given the team's impressive depth. The utility man, who owns a career .235/.291/.301 triple-slash across parts of nine big-leagues seasons, will now search for major-league opportunities elsewhere.
Romine went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's game against Minnesota. Romine has had a successful start to camp, going 5-for-16 with a home run, four RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in the early going. He'll continue to gun for a spot on the Opening Day roster as a utility man throughout spring training.
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.