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Cubs Sign Catcher Austin Romine to One-Year Deal

The Cubs presumably have Willson Contreras’s backup in place.

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Photo: AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

The Cubs have potentially found their replacement for Victor Caratini. According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Cubs signed veteran catcher Austin Romine to a one-year contract on Friday morning.

The nine-year backstop played in 37 of 60 games with the Tigers in 2020 after eight seasons with the Yankees.

Romine carries a career .239/.278/.361 slash line. He’s never played more than 80 games in a season.

If the name rings a bell in your head but you’re still not sure why, see this highlight from 2017.

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Irronically, Miguel Cabrera and Romine played together in 2020.

Presumably set to back up Willson Contreras, Romine will bring a veteran presence off the bench for the Cubs.

Above all, this guy can mash a baseball sometimes. He could prove to be a nice depth piece for the Cubs in 2021.


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