Twins Signal Andrew Romine To Minor League Deal
The Twins introduced this morning that they’ve signed veteran utilityman Andrew Romine to a minor league contract. The Moye Sports activities shopper will be part of the membership’s Main League group in Spring Coaching as a non-roster invitee.
Romine, 35, has appeared in components of 10 huge league seasons — most of which got here with the division-rival Tigers from 2014-17. He spent the 2020 season with the Rangers group however appeared in solely two huge league video games final summer season, accumulating a double in 4 journeys to the plate. Via 1327 plate appearances within the Majors, the switch-hitting Romine is a .235/.291/.301 hitter.
Manufacturing on the plate has by no means been Romine’s calling card. He’s much more identified for his defensive versatility, having spent at the very least 238 innings at every of the 4 infield positions and one other 559 frames within the outfield (together with 313 in heart). The Twins received a first-hand take a look at that versatility late within the 2017 season, when then-Detroit skipper Brad Ausmus allowed Romine to play all 9 positions on the identical diamond in a recreation the Tigers topped the Twins by a 3-2 margin.
At 35, Romine won’t be the defender he as soon as was, however he’s turned in common profession defensive marks at shortstop, above-average showings at second and third base, and above-average marks in left discipline as properly.
The Twins have already got a number of utility choices in camp. With the signing of Andrelton Simmons, they’ll slide Jorge Polanco over because the on a regular basis second baseman and transfer Luis Arraez into the super-utility function vacated by Marwin Gonzalez. Catcher/infielder Willians Astudillo may very well be in line to take one other bench spot, and Minnesota additionally has second/third base prospect Travis Blankenhorn on the 40-man roster. Former Crimson Sox infielder Tzu-Wei Lin is in camp on a non-roster deal as properly. All of that would make it powerful for Romine to win a job to start the 12 months, however he’d be an inexpensive depth choice to stash in Triple-A St. Paul if an enormous league alternative doesn’t current itself this spring.