The Reds have acquired catcher Austin Romine from the Cardinals for cash, per a team announcement. Romine had been designated for assignment but didn’t last long on the DFA wire, quickly getting snapped up by the Reds.
Cincinnati will be Romine’s third different organization of the 2022 season, after he first signed a minor league deal with the Angels in March. He was released in June but caught on with St. Louis on another minors deal a couple of weeks later, when the Cardinals were in need of some extra catching depth when Molina first went on the IL. Overall, Romine has played in 14 total Major League games with his two teams this season.
Romine now joins another team trying to make do in the wake of a notable injury, as Tyler Stephenson could miss the rest of the 2022 campaign after undergoing surgery for a fractured collarbone. With Aramis Garcia also on the IL, rookies Michael Papierski and Mark Kolozsvary comprise the Reds’ current catching corps, and thus an 11-year veteran like Romine brings some needed experience to the roster.