The Dodgers plan to select a defensive player contract Stephen Romero Wednesday, GB Hornstra reports from the Southern California News Group. He will replace the player Hanser Albert, which was placed on the paternity list. It will be Romero’s first major league appearance since 2016, capping a six-year journey that has taken him around the world.
Once one of the Mariners’ most promising prospects on the field, Romero made his league debut at the age of 25 in 2014, but wrestled to a level of 0.22/.234/.299 over 72 games. He saw more limited time in the Major League in each of the next two seasons in Seattle, but despite consistently wasting a Triple-A goal, he only received sporadic appearances and didn’t produce much in those rare opportunities.
After the 2016 season, Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball’s Oryx Buffaloes approached Romero and the Navigators over a potential opportunity, giving 28-year-old M’s Romero his release in order to sign overseas. Romero was an instant hit in Japan, hitting .274/.330/.508 with 26 starting points, which would end up being five seasons in the NPB. His second year with Buffalo wasn’t nearly as strong, but Romero hit .305/.363/.539 in his third season with Oryx. He then signed a one-year contract with the Rakuten Eagles and turned in the similarly hearty .274/.354/.539 streak during the 2020 campaign.
Attempting a comeback with the Buffaloes in 2021 took just 31 games, but Romero’s five-year stint in the NPB ended with a solid 264/.331/.497 hitting streak to match 96 home runs, 67 doubles and four triples. He signed a secondary contract with this off-season Dodgers in hopes of securing a return to the big leagues, and he will now realize that dream post-season with a .270/.337/.461 appearance at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
This will likely be a short stay in Romero’s big league roster. Alberto’s stay will be on the paternity roster between one and three days, and Romero is out of minor league options, so he can’t be brought back down without first being passed through full waivers.
The Dodgers need a right-handed hitter right now, as they try to put a proper field platoon together while Mocky Pets Recovering from a cracked rib. they got back Tracee Thompson Yesterday he seemed ready to give him his first chance to work as Eddie AlvarezThe platoon partner, but Romero is also the right stick that can get into the right field. He only managed a .219/.278/.344 slash against the left in 2022, but that only showed 36 plates, so it’s hard to extract much from such a small sample.
Even if it’s a short stay in the major leagues this time around, today is sure to be a day to remember Romero, who made his last MLS appearance on August 19, 2016 – when he was called up to the Premier League in one (and only) major league appearance. in the second half of that season). But with Dodgers’ stadium and seating positions currently in flux, he’ll likely at least have a chance to play a role — at least while sidelining the Bates.