The Washington Nationals have designated catcher Miguel Montero for assignment to make way for Matt Wieters, who is coming off the disabled list.
Montero, 34, signed with the Nationals shortly before spring training and began the season as Wieters’ backup. When Wieters went on the DL Montero was pressed into starting service and went 0-for-11. That caused Dave Martinez to put Pedro Severino in and he has gone 7-for-19 with a couple of doubles making Montero, as the British say, redundant.
Montero has hit .256/.340/.411 with 126 homers in his 13-year big league career, but he’s fallen off quite a bit in the past few seasons. Barring some catcher injuries elsewhere, it’s hard to see where he might latch on anyplace.
The Tigers and free agent catcher Austin Romine have agreed to a one-year contract, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti specifies that the deal is for $4.1 million.
Romine, 31, has been in the league for eight seasons, all with the Yankees. Across 1,116 trips to the plate, he has hit .239/.281/.366. However, Romine is well-regarded for his defense and game-calling abilities.
Romine will slot in as the full-time catcher for the rebuilding Tigers. They’ll have Jake Rogers and Grayson Greiner behind him.