Position: Utility Player
Contract Expires Following the 2019 Season
After primarily spending his first two seasons in a Detroit Tigers uniform as a utility infielder, Andrew Romine added outfielder to his resume in 2016.
The former Los Angeles Angel of Anaheim saw action at all three outfield spots while continuing to fill in across the infield.
On offense, Romine posted a .626 OPS to go along with 21 runs scored, eight stolen bases and five doubles. The veteran set career highs in triples (two) and RBI (16) while also tying his previous career-best in home runs (two).
The bench cog also chipped in with a 1.8 BsR, a wRC+ of 71 and a 0.6 WAR.
Potential Long-Term Replacements: Dixon Machado, Dominic Ficociello or Jason Krizan
Utility players like Romine don’t come along too often, so Detroit could have trouble finding a like-for-like replacement.
If both shortstop and second base remain blocked, Dixon Machado could be a fit.
Like Romine he’s a solid defender, however Machado has only played the middle infield positions at this point.
Dominic Ficociello, who has seen time at first base, second base and third base, as well as left field, could develop into a utility player.
Rounding out the list is Krizan, who enjoyed an encouraging Triple-A debut in 2016.
Over the course of 32 games, the 26-year-old hit .310 with a .769 OPS. He also chipped in with 12 runs scored, 10 RBI, seven doubles and a home run.
Defensively, the former eighth-round draft pick has logged innings across the outfield and at both first and second base.