Dodgers To Select Stefen Romero

The Dodgers plan to select the contract of outfielder Stefen Romero on Wednesday, reports J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group.

 capping a six-year odyssey that’s taken him around the world.

Once one of the Mariners’ most promising outfield prospects, Romero made his big league debut as a 25-year-old back in 2014 but scuffled to a .

he received only sparse looks and never produced much in those infrequent opportunities.

Following the 2016 season, the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball approached Romero 

He then signed on with the Rakuten Eagles for a year and turned in a similarly hearty .274/.354/.539 line during the 2020 campaign.

A return endeavor with the Buffaloes in 2021 lasted just 31 games, but Romero’s five-year stint in NPB nevertheless finished with a solid .

after beginning the season with a .270/.337/.461 showing in Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The Dodgers do have a need for a right-handed-hitting outfielder at the moment, however

He’s managed just a .219/.278/.344 slash against lefties in 2022, but that’s come over just 36 plate appearances

so it’s hard to glean much from such a minuscule sample.

Even if it’s a brief stay in the big leagues this time around, today will surely be a day to remember for Romero, whose last MLB appearance came on Aug. 19, 2016

Majors for one game (his lone Major League appearance of that season’s second half).

 it’s at least possible he’ll have the opportunity to carve out a role — at least while Betts is sidelined.