The Phillies scouts were present at the Yankees/Phillies game last Thursday night where Romine happened to be in the lineup. The Phillies are looking for a back-up catcher to Carlos Ruiz and became intrigued when they discovered Romine wasn’t the frontrunner of the back-up competition in Yankees camp. Both Romine and Murphy have done well this Spring defensively despite their offensive woes.
“Defensively, both guys have done a pretty good job,’’ Girardi said about Romine and Murphy. “Offensively, they have pressed a little bit which is understandable. That’s what happens a lot of times when you get into a competition. There is a decision that has to be made and it will be one of the last decisions we make.’’
Not only do the Phillies have interest in Romine, but so do the San Diego Padres. Romine is hitting .182 (4-for-22) this Spring.