Tigers sign Niuman Romero to minor league contract
The Tigers’ list of non-roster invites was released earlier (it’s the next entry down on this blog, in fact), but I figured I’d pass along one more signing. Detroit has signed former Indians and Red Sox infielder Niuman Romero to a minor-league contract. The deal does not include an invite to big league camp.
Romero, who turns 27 later this month, spent most of his career with the Indians, having signed as a teenager out of Venezuela in 2002, before Cleveland sold his contract to Boston in 2010. He bounced around three different organizations last year, spending most of his time at the Double-A level with the Phillies and Mets. Add up his stops, and he batted .231 with 23 RBIs over 75 games in 2011.
Romero gives the Tigers insurance on the farm at shortstop, where Cale Iorg is recovering from shoulder surgery last fall. Detroit has a crop of young shortstop prospects generating hope, but not necessarily ready to open the season at Double-A Erie.
Romero has 12 big league games on his resume between the 2009 Indians and 2010 Red Sox. He went 2-for-18 in those games.