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. 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 (.298 career avg. batting righty vs. LHPs) and has had particular success as a pinch-hitter (.318 in 26 pinch-hit appearances). The curious split for this season, though, is home vs. away—for whatever reason, Romine has been terrible at Safeco Field (.100/.151/.140 in 50 ABs) and pretty good on the road (.298/.355/.298 in 57 ABs). He particularly seems to like playing in the Eastern time zone, as he's batted .414 this year in Boston, Toronto, New York, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Detroit, and Cleveland but just .128 everywhere else. What's that about? Is it a sleep-cycle thing? Hotel beds? Atlantic humidity? It's weird.
Romine has also taken the mound a few times, including once this season for the M's. He pitched the ninth inning of a blowout loss in Anaheim, allowing the final two runs in a brutal 11-2 defeat.