Brewers acquire C Narvaez from Mariners

Catcher Omar Narvaez will be shipped from the Seattle Mariners to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor-league pitcher Adam Hill and a draft pick, ESPN reported Thursday.

Narvaez, 27, gives the Brewers a backstop after losing Yasmani Grandal to the Chicago White Sox in free agency.

Narvaez had a career season for the Mariners in 2019, hitting .278 with 22 home runs and 55 RBIs in 132 games and is considered an offensive catcher. He threw out 18 percent of baserunners attempting to steal last season.

A left-handed hitter, Narvaez belted 20 of his 22 home runs in 2019 against right-handed pitchers. He could be ticketed for a platoon role with right-handed hitting catcher Manny Pina in Milwaukee.


Grandal signed a four-year, $73 million deal with the Chicago White Sox.

The competitive balance draft pick in the deal is likely to be the 70th overall pick — after the second round — according to MLB.com.

Narvaez, Hill change addresses again

Seattle acquired Narvaez from the Chicago White Sox in 2018 in a trade for reliever Alex Colome.

Hill, 22, is on the move again as well, having originally come to Milwaukee via trade from the New York Mets in the Keon Broxton deal. Hill was 7-9 with a 3.92 ERA and 109 strikeouts in Class A last season. Originally a fourth-round draft out of South Carolina, Hill was rated the No. 24 prospect in the Brewers’ system by MLB Pipeline.

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