It's official: Cubs sign catcher Austin Romine


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Romine is likely going to be the Cubs backup catcher (Kirthmon Dozier - USA Today Sports)
Romine is likely going to be the Cubs backup catcher (Kirthmon Dozier - USA Today Sports)

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs have agreed to terms with catcher Austin Romine on a 2021 major league contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chicago’s 40-man roster stands at 36 players.

Romine, 32, has played all or part of nine seasons with the Yankees (2011, 2013-19) and Tigers (2020), hitting .239 (278-for-1,163) with 59 doubles, 27 home runs and 152 RBI in 405 major league games. He has posted a .996 fielding percentage (12 E/2,951 TC) behind the plate for his career, and last season was the only catcher with at least 300.0 innings at the position without an error committed.

The right-handed hitting Romine last year batted .238 (31-for-130) with two home runs and 17 RBI in 37 games for the Tigers following a 2019 campaign for the Yankees in which he batted .281 (64-for-228) with 12 doubles, eight home runs and 35 RBI in 72 games. In 2018 for New York, Romine set career marks with 10 home runs, 42 RBI and 22 extra-base hits in 77 contests.

Romine was originally selected by the Yankees in the second round of the 2007 draft out of El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif. His father, Kevin, was a former major league outfielder, appearing in 331 games over parts of seven seasons with the Red Sox from 1985-91. His brother, Andrew, has played parts of 10 seasons with the Angels, Tigers, Mariners and Rangers through 2020.

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