Thu Dec 12 1:52pm ET
By RONALD BLUM
AP Baseball Writer
Players: Austin Romine
DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers and catcher Austin Romine agreed to a $4.15 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced and was pending a successful physical.
The 31-year-old Romine has backed up Gary Sanchez for the New York Yankees the past four seasons. Praised mostly for his defense and management of the pitching staff, Romine has steadily improved as a hitter. He batted .281 with eight home runs and a .748 OPS in 72 games last season.
Romine made $1.8 million last season. He will likely become Detroit's starter, with Grayson Greiner the primary backup.
Romine is the younger brother of Andrew Romine, who was a utility player for Detroit from 2014-17.