Cubs, catcher Austin Romine agree to $1.5 million, 1-year deal

The Cubs had been looking for a backup catcher since they traded Victor Caratini to San Diego.

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The Cubs agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with catcher Austin Romine.

The Cubs agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with catcher Austin Romine.

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The Cubs added a veteran catcher on Friday, agreeing to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with Austin Romine, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

The person confirmed the agreement on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been finalized.

The Cubs had been looking for a backup catcher since they traded Victor Caratini to San Diego last month. Miguel Amaya is among the organization’s top prospects, but he finished his last minor league season at the Class-A level.

The 32-year-old Romine hit .238 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 37 games with Detroit last year, earning $1,537,037 in prorated pay from a $4.15 million salary. He played parts of eight seasons with the New York Yankees before signing with the Tigers as a free agent.

Romine had his most productive season with New York in 2018, batting .244 with a career-high 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 77 games.

The Cubs have Willson Contreras in place as starting catcher, but he has been mentioned in trade rumors. The Cubs are retooling under President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer, but they are hoping to stay in the mix in the NL Central after winning the division in 2020.

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