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Mariners sign Andrew Romine to 1-year deal among roster moves

In this March 6, 2017, file photo, Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Drew Smyly throws against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a spring training baseball game, in Peoria, Ariz. Smyly will undergo Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Seattle announced the diagnosis on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, ending Smylys hopes of returning during the 2017 season. (Matt York / Associated Press)
In this March 6, 2017, file photo, Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Drew Smyly throws against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a spring training baseball game, in Peoria, Ariz. Smyly will undergo Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Seattle announced the diagnosis on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, ending Smylys hopes of returning during the 2017 season. (Matt York / Associated Press)

SEATTLE – Utilityman Andrew Romine and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a one-year contract for the 2018 season, while the club chose not to tender contracts to pitchers Drew Smyly and Shae Simmons.

Seattle made the roster moves Friday while tendering contracts to 27 players on its major league roster. Romine was claimed off waivers by Seattle on Nov. 2. Romine appeared in 124 games last season for the Tigers. Most of his time was spent in the infield.

The move to not offer a 2018 contract to Smyly was not a surprise with the left-hander coming off Tommy John surgery and uncertainty around when he would be ready to pitch in 2018. Smyly was acquired from Tampa Bay prior to the 2017 season, but never threw a pitch for Seattle after being injured in spring training.

Simmons battled arm trouble last season before making his debut in September. Simmons was 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA in nine appearances over the final month of the regular season.


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