Well that didn’t take long.
Just after the Seattle Mariners’ 40-man roster dropped to 34 with the declaration of seven free agents and two activations from the disabled list, it bounced back by one thanks to general manager Jerry Dipoto picking up a new player, utility infielder Andrew Romine.
The Mariners claimed Romine off waivers from the Detroit Tigers. Romine, 31, set career highs in games and at-bats with Detroit in 2017, batting .233 with four home runs and 25 RBI in 124 games. The switch-hitter is versatile – 27 games at second base, 23 games at third base, 22 at first base, 51 games in the outfield and 1 game at each catcher and pitcher in 2017 – and was the fifth player in history to play all nine positions in one game last year.
Romine’s lifetime triple-slash line is .238/.294/.307. Other fun facts: His father, Kevin Romine, was a utility outfielder for the Boston Red Sox (1985–1991), and his brother, Austin Romine, is currently a catcher with the New York Yankees.
The other roster moves were according to baseball rules, when all players on the roster eligible for free agency became free agents at the conclusion of the World Series. Two players – pitchers David Phelps and Drew Smyly – were reinstated from the 60-day DL.
Those granted free agency:
▪ Yonder Alonso, first base.
▪ Jarrod Dyson, outfielder.
▪ Gordon Beckham, infielder.
▪ Yovani Gallardo (2018 option declined), pitcher.
▪ Hisashi Iwakuma (2018 option declined), pitcher.
▪ Carlos Ruiz, catcher.
▪ Danny Valencia, first base.