AP source: Tigers and C Austin Romine agree to $4.15M, 1-year deal
Posted: 1:09 PM, Dec 12, 2019
Ronald Blum, AP Baseball Writer
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BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 05: Austin Romine #28 of the New York Yankees hits solo home run in the second inning during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 5, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
DETROIT (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Detroit Tigers and catcher Austin Romine have agreed to a $4.15 million, one-year contract.
The 31-year-old Romine has backed up Gary Sanchez for the New York Yankees the past four seasons. Praised mostly for his defense and management of the pitching staff, Romine steadily has improved as a hitter. He batted .281 with eight home runs and a .748 OPS in 72 games last season.
Romine made $1.8 million last season. He will likely become Detroit's starter.
Romine is the younger brother of Andrew Romine, who was a utility player for Detroit from 2014-17.
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