Andrew James Romine
Height: 6'1" Weight: 200
Bats/Throws: Switch / Right
Born: 12/24/1985 in Winter Haven, Florida
Offseason home: Lake Forest, California
College: Arizona State University
Family: Wife Kathryn
Acquired: Claimed on waivers from the Detroit Tigers (11/02/2017)
MLB Debut: 09/24/2010
Free Agent after: 2018 season
Not since the days of Mark McLemore have the Mariners had a player that so fully embodies the term "utilityman." Romine actually outdoes McLemore in some ways, as Mac was never asked to strap on the gear and catch. Romine, whose previous notoriety came mostly from being Kevin Romine's kid and Austin Romine's brother, played all nine positions in one game for Detroit last year, and at four times in his career has taken the mound in a blowout (22⁄3 total innings, 3 earned runs). The plurality of his appearances have been at shortstop, closely followed by third base, but he rates highest as an outfielder. Regardless, Romine is capable anywhere you put him and that makes him a valuable asset off the bench.
He won't remind anyone of Ted Williams at the plate, but the switch-hitter can hold his own against southpaws (.281 career avg. batting righty vs. LHPs) and has had particular success as a pinch-hitter (.389 in 22 pinch-hit appearances). One statistical curiosity is Romine's performance against the Minnesota Twins—he has more at-bats against them than any other opponent and a career average of .293 with a .357 OBP when facing Minnesota (.291/.351 at Target Field). Is it the cold? The hot-dish? The spirit of Ted Baxter? Whatever it is, the M's visit the Twin Cities April 5-8, so watch for Romine to step up in a key moment with an RBI on the line.