Diamondbacks agree to deal with Canadian Romak

Jamie Romak. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Jamie Romak, who made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014, has agreed to a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, an industry source told Sportsnet.

Romak, a 29-year-old native of London, Ont., appeared in 15 games for the Dodgers in 2014 after spending parts of 12 seasons in the minor leagues. He drew interest from five teams after becoming a free agent, but chose Arizona’s offer, which includes an invitation to MLB spring training.

The right-handed hitter spent most of the 2014 season with Los Angeles’ triple-A team, where he batted .280/.335/.538 with 24 home runs in 462 plate appearances. He has enjoyed success throughout his minor league career, as evidenced by his 173 home runs and .795 OPS.

Romak collected his first MLB hit in 2014 while playing first base, third base and right field. He batted .048 with a .226 OPS in 23 plate appearances for the Dodgers.

A fourth round selection of the Atlanta Braves in the 2003 draft, Romak finally made his MLB debut in May. As he walked up to face Cincinnati Reds right-hander Homer Bailey, he heard the Dodger Stadium crowd of 41,129 welcome him.

“That’s something I’ll never forget. It was so loud,” Romak told Sportsnet afterwards. “The whole moment was unbelievable.”

Now he gets the chance to chase more of those moments in Arizona.

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