Tigers sign Romine for 1 year, avoid arbitration

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Detroit — The Tigers avoided arbitration with super utility player Andrew Romine on Thursday, signing him to a one-year deal worth $900,000. He could also earn another $25,000 in incentives.

Romine, 30, is entering his seventh major league season and third with the Tigers. He appeared in a career-high 109 games and hit .255 with a .307 on-base percentage and a .622 OPS.

His true value, though, was his defensive versatility. He played five different positions last season – all four infield spots and left field — and, according to Bill James’ Handbook, posted 11 defensive runs saved.

Romine made $525,000 last season and his projected arbitration salary was $700,000.

The Tigers have two arbitration-eligible players remaining — shortstop Jose Iglesias and right fielder J.D. Martinez.