Romine announced his retirement Friday, radio broadcaster Alex Cohen reports. Romine played for five teams across his 11 seasons in the majors, most recently appearing in 26 games for the Cubs during the 2021 campaign. Across 613 career appearances in the big leagues, the 35-year-old slashed .233/.288/.300 with 57 extra-base hits, 157 runs, 86 RBI and 40 stolen bases.
The Cubs outrighted Romine to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. As expected, the 34-year-old journeyman went unclaimed off waivers after the Cubs designated him for assignment Monday. Romine will likely spend the remainder of the season at Triple-A before hitting free agency this winter.
Romine was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Monday, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Romine saw minimal time in the starting lineup during his time on the active roster, and he'll now be cast off the 40-man roster after David Bote (ankle) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Monday. The 35-year-old appeared in 26 games with the major-league club and hit .183 with a homer, seven runs and five RBI.
Romine is starting at shortstop and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the Marlins. Sergio Alcantara started the first two games of the series at short but will take a seat Sunday, opening up the spot for Romine. The latter has gone 9-for-35 with a home run and four RBI so far this season across 13 games.
Romine went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and two runs in Friday's 8-6 loss to the White Sox. The 35-year-old crossed the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning to put the Cubs on the board, and he tied the game in the eighth with a three-run blast off former teammate Craig Kimbrel. The home run was Romine's first in the majors since 2017, and he's now gone 7-for-16 with a home run, a double, five runs and four RBI in six games with the Cubs this year.