Andrew Romine | Infielder | #??
2014 salary: Pre-arb
2013 statistics: .259/.308/.287, 0 HR, 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 SB, 7 BB, 24 K
Projected role: Part time shortstop?
Editor’s Note: This was originally supposed to be Jose Alvarez. Then he got traded. So, instead, we’re going to do the guy he got traded for. Naturally.
Andrew Romine, another one of the Baseballing Romines, is apparently in line to at least split time at shortstop for the Tigers. He’s a former switch hitter who has focused primarily on hitting left-handed, and according to Dave Dombrowski, he’s likely to share time with Danny Worth or Hernan Perez. Exactly how much time we’re talking is unclear.
Romine isn’t much of a hitter (check out that .287 slugging percentage!) but he came recommended by Omar Vizquel, who has worked with him before, so there must be something to the glove (Fangraphs had him at 0.4 WAR last year despite that atrocious SLG%, so clearly he can play a little defense). The Tigers were looking for a shortstop stopgap who could make a little contact, run a little, and play some defense. In those categories, Romine fits the bill, though at the end of the day, he’s still just that – a stopgap. He isn’t a long-term solution of any sort.