The Dodgers made another fringe move this week with the signing of former Mariners prospect Stefan Romero. The deal is of the minor league variety.
Breaking away from paternity leave to report a bit of news. I’m told the Dodgers signed former Mariners OF/DH Stefen Romero to a minor league contract. The 33-year-old spent the last five seasons in Japan.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) February 12, 2022
Romero is a 33-year-old outfielder who made his MLB debut with Seattle back in 2014. He was a 12th round draft pick by the Mariners back in 2010. Over three big league seasons with Seattle, Romero hit .195 with 4 home runs and 17 runs batted in.
After the 2016 season, the outfielder joined the Orix Buffaloes in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league. In five NPB seasons, Romero slugged 96 home runs while hitting .264 over 426 games.
The signing adds a little more Triple-A depth outfield depth for the Dodgers and potentially some right-handed slug off the bench. Outside of right field, Romero has experience playing second base and a bit on the corners in the infield over his pro career. His minor league deal includes an invite to major league spring training, according to JP Hoornstra.
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