Austin Romine won’t be back in Detroit in 2021

Austin Romine’s tenure in Detroit is over after one abbreviated season.

The veteran catcher reportedly signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Chicago Cubs on Friday. He’ll back up starter Willson Contreras.

Romine, 32, signed a one-year, $4.1 million contract with the Tigers before the 2020 season, getting his first opportunity as a No. 1 catcher after years as a backup with the New York Yankees.

But after a hot start, Romine hit just .238 with a .582 OPS in 135 plate appearances.

The Tigers currently have two catchers on their 40-man roster — Grayson Greiner and Jake Rogers — plus reserve options Eric Haase and Dustin Garneau.

If the Tigers opt to sign a catcher, veterans Alex Avila and Robinson Chirinos appear to be the likeliest options. Jason Castro signed a two-year deal with the Astros earlier this week.

Romine is the first of five Tigers’ free agents to find a new home. First baseman C.J. Cron, second baseman Jonathan Schoop and pitchers Ivan Nova and Jordan Zimmermann remain unsigned.

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