Austin Romine is packing his bags and taking his talents to the Motor City.
According to Chris McCosky of Detroit News, the Detroit Tigers have signed Austin Romine to a one-year, $4 million contract. Joel Sherman later confirmed the report.
Romine got a one-year from Tigers, believed to be $4 million
— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) December 12, 2019
#Tigers in a 1-yr agreement with Austin Romine. #Yankees
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 12, 2019
Romine spent eight seasons with the New York Yankees as a backup option to Brian McCann and later Gary Sanchez. In 2019, Romine hit .281/.310/.439 with eight homers and 35 RBI in 72 games.
With Romine gone, the Yankees could either rely on Kyle Higashoka–who is also out of options–or acquire a backup catcher on the free agent market. The Yankees were recently linked to Martin Maldonado, who was Gerrit Cole’s personal catcher while on the Houston Astros.
Romine is expected to be the Tigers starting catcher, and believe it or not has history with the Detroit Tigers as a member of the Yankees.
Remember the infamous brawl involving Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera on Brett Gardner’s 33rd birthday?
I’m sure that is one Gardy Party Romine will never forget.