AP source: Cubs, Romine agree to $1.5-million, one-year deal

Detroit Tigers' Austin Romine hits an RBI single with the bases loaded off Minnesota Twins' pitcher Tyler Duffey in the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Minneapolis. (Jim Mone/AP)

CHICAGO — The Cubs added a veteran catcher, agreeing to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with Austin Romine, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday.

The person confirmed the agreement on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been finalized.

Chicago had been looking for a backup catcher since the Cubs traded Victor Caratini to San Diego last month. Miguel Amaya is among the organization's top prospects, but he finished his last minor league season at the Class-A level.

The 32-year-old Romine hit .238 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 37 games with Detroit last year, earning $1,537,037 in prorated pay from a $4.15 million salary. He played parts of eight seasons with the New York Yankees before signing with the Tigers as a free agent.

Romine had his most productive season with New York in 2018, batting .244 with a career-high 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 77 games.

Chicago has Willson Contreras in place as starting catcher, but he has been mentioned in trade rumours. The Cubs are retooling under President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer, but they are hoping to stay in the mix in the NL Central after winning the division in 2020.

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