Dodgers add former big league player to minor league deal

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The Dodgers made another fringe move this week with the signing of former Mariners prospect Stefan Romero. The deal is of the minor league variety.

Breaking out of paternity leave to share some news. I’m told the Dodgers have signed former Mariners OF/DH Stefen Romero to a minor league contract. The 33-year-old has spent the last five seasons in Japan.

Romero is a 33-year-old fielder who made his MLB debut with Seattle in 2014. In 2010, he was a 12th-round draft pick for the Mariners. In three big league seasons with Seattle, Romero hit a .195 with 4 home runs and 17 runs hit.

After the 2016 season, the outfield player joined the Orix Buffaloes in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball League. In five NPB seasons, Romero hit 96 home runs while hitting .264 in 426 games.

The signing adds a little more Triple-A depth in the outfield for the Dodgers and potentially a right-handed snail off the bench. Outside of right field, Romero has experience playing second base and a little on corners in the infield throughout his pro career. His minor league deal includes an invite to major league spring training, according to JP Hoornstra.

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