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Cubs activate David Bote, designate Andrew Romine for assignment

MLB Trade Rumors
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 2021-09-06
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Chicago Cubs second baseman David Bote. Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

The Cubs announced Monday that they’ve designated infielder Andrew Romine for assignment in order to open a spot on the active roster for fellow infielder David Bote, who is returning from the 10-day injured list.

Romine, 35, appeared in 26 games with the Cubs and tallied 64 plate appearances, batting .183/.234/.267 with a homer and a pair of doubles along the way. He also had the opportunity to team with his younger brother, Austin, for the first time in their big league careers.

The elder Romine brother was a staple on the Tigers’ bench from 2014-17, known best for his ability to play anywhere on the diamond. The Tigers let him play all nine positions in his penultimate game with the club at the end of the 2017 season. He’s since spent time in the Mariners, Rangers, Twins and Cubs organizations, though he didn’t appear in the big leagues in Minnesota.

All told, Romine is a career .233/.288/.300 hitter through 1391 plate appearances that have been scattered across parts of 11 major league seasons. The Cubs will now either place him on outright waivers or release him in the coming days.

Bote has slashed .202/.270/.339 with eight homers and 32 RBI across 268 plate appearances in 2021.

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