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The Cubs have found a backup catcher.
They agreed to a deal with free agent catcher Austin Romine, NBC Sports Chicago confirmed Friday. The one-year contract is for $1.5 million. This marks the Cubs’ second major league free agent signing of the offseason, after adding right-handed reliever Jonathan Holder last month, and their biggest so far. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand was the first to report the agreement.
Cubs agree to terms with C Austin Romine on 1.5m deal.
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) January 22, 2021
Romine fills the hole left by Victor Caratini, who the Cubs traded with Yu Darvish and cash to the Padres for right-hander Zach Davies and four prospects.
Romine, 32, has a career .239 batting average over nine seasons. He spent all but last season with the Yankees, before signing with the Tigers as a free agent. In a shortened season, he appeared in 37 games for Detroit, slashing .238/.259/.323.
Gordon Wittenmyer contributed to the reporting of this story.
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