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Sport Brewers nearing acquisition of catcher Omar Narvaez from Mariners

17:12  05 december  2019
17:12  05 december  2019 Source:   mlbtraderumors.com

White Sox sign Grandal to 4-year, $73M deal

  White Sox sign Grandal to 4-year, $73M deal The Chicago White Sox and catcher Yasmani Grandal have agreed to a four-year, $73-million contract, the team announced on Thursday. OFFICIAL: The #WhiteSox have agreed to terms on a four-year, $73-million contract with free agent All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal (@YazmanianDVL08). Under terms of the agreement, Grandal will receive $18.25 million per year from 2020-2023. pic.twitter.com/dczzZo8UTE — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) November 21, 2019 Grandal, 31, is coming off a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, which he signed after rejecting the one-year qualifying offer the Los Angeles Dodgers tendered to him.

Omar Narváez . Position: Catcher . Bats: Left • Throws: Right. Team: Seattle Mariners (majors). Born: February 10, 1992 in Maracay, Venezuela ve. High School: Instituto Escuela (Maracay, Venezuela).

Omar David Narváez (born February 10, 1992) is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Chicago White Sox.

The Brewers are closing in on a deal with the Mariners to acquire catcher Omar Narvaez, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). The trade return remains unknown.

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Narvaez is one of the few backstops in baseball that can match now-former Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal with the bat. And he’ll cost a whole lot less, bringing three seasons of control that begin with a projected arbitration cost of just $2.9M.

That’s not to say the Brewers won’t miss the outgoing Grandal. He’s a premium defender, especially in the pitch-framing department. Narvaez is considered a work in progress with the glove. He graded as one of the game’s worst framers in 2018 but did make strides to average levels last year.

Catcher Yasmani Grandal, White Sox reach $73M, 4-year deal

  Catcher Yasmani Grandal, White Sox reach $73M, 4-year deal CHICAGO (AP) — Yasmani Grandal saw a young team stocked with promising pitchers and hitters. He envisioned a bright future for the Chicago White Sox, and he chose to be part of it. No longer burdened by draft-pick compensation, Grandal found the multiyear contract he failed to get last offseason. The All-Star catcher agreed Thursday to a $73 million, four-year contract with the White Sox. “There’s a lot of young talent,” Grandal said. “The way I looked at it, this team could be a dark horse in the next year or so.”Grandal turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers last November.

The Mariners are dangling catcher Omar Narvaez on the trade market this offseason. A club that either believes itself to be capable of improving Narvaez ’s glove or is simply willing to trade some defense for uncannily solid offense from the catcher position could certainly look into acquiring

Milwaukee Brewers Brewers MIL. Mariners acquire C Omar Narvaez from White Sox for P Alex Colome. " Omar has quietly developed into one of the tougher outs among catchers in MLB, his contact and on-base skills are welcome additions to our lineup," general manager Jerry Dipoto said in

Though Narvaez is unquestionably a nice addition, there are some risks here for the Milwaukee organization. His .278/.353/.460 slash and 22 long balls from 2019 came despite a decidedly chilly 85.4 mph average exit velocity and 27.5% hard-hit rate. Narvaez can draw a walk, with an 11.3% career rate, but could slip back towards league-average in overall offensive productivity if he can’t sustain the power output.

One other factor here: Most of the damage done by the left-handed-hitting Narvaez last year came against right-handed pitching. The Brewers will presumably task Manny Pina with a larger role than he was allotted last year with Grandal around.

As for the Mariners, this is only the latest in a long line of roster swaps. Consider its place in this strand of the voluminous trade history of Seattle's Jerry Dipoto. Narvaez arrived last fall in the swap that sent reliever Alex Colome to the White Sox. Colome had only just landed in Seattle along with Denard Span in a creative mid-2018 arrangement. Now, after one productive year with the M’s and despite several seasons of affordable control remaining, the 27-year-old Narvaez is heading out the door. He stands to be replaced by 28-year-old Tom Murphy, who was himself picked up in a late-spring deal earlier in 2019.

Yasmani Grandal on Astros: 'If you're not cheating, you're not trying, I guess'

  Yasmani Grandal on Astros: 'If you're not cheating, you're not trying, I guess' Yasmani Grandal on Astros: 'If you're not cheating, you're not trying, I guess'Yasmani Grandal, fresh off his new four-year, $73 contract with the Chicago White Sox, was a guest on 670 The Score in Chicago Thursday afternoon when he commented that the Astros "were doing whatever they can to win," by allegedly stealing signs and relaying pitches to the batters, before adding, "If you're not cheating, you're not trying, I guess. It got them a ring.

Seattle Mariners ' Omar Narvaez is congratulated after scoring against the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 30 For the last six seasons, the Seattle Mariners primarily featured Mike Zunino at catcher . For all his defensive excellence, the offseason saw Zunino

Mariners Must C Mariners Reviews Mariners Manager Postgame Mariners Cut4 Mariners Game Recap Mariners Podcasts MLB Network Watch Live In-Market. Omar Narváez Pitch Breakdown Catcher Perspective. Charlotte Knights activated C Omar Narvaez from the temporarily inactive list.

Murphy’s own booming breakout in Seattle last year presumably helped nudge the Mariners into a move here. There’s also a solid prospect on the way in Cal Raleigh, though he’s not necessarily ready for prime time and isn’t a sure thing. The Mariners will presumably now set out looking for a second piece of a new backstop tandem. Since the right-handed-hitting Murphy made his mark almost exclusively against left-handed-hitting pitching last year — he carried a whopping 450-point OPS spread — it stands to reason that the team will prefer to find a player who (like the outgoing Narvaez) profiles as a strong option against opposing righty pitching.

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