Narvaez will fill an open space at the spot of the catcher left behind by Mike Zunino on the Rays.
The Mariners acquired their launchers for the 2019 season and more on Friday morning on a presumably busy day of transactions.
As much of the baseball world focuses on the anticipated trade in which the Mariners sent second-baseman Robinson Cano and closer to Edwin Diaz (both) -Stars ̵
The Mariners acquired catcher Omar Narvaez from the White Sox in return for right-handed Alex Colome. 19659008] Narvaez, 26, released a slash line with 275/366/429 (14 doubles, one triple, nine homers and 30 RBI) in 97 games for the White Sox. In 2018 it was worth 2.1 WAR per Fangraphs. The left-hander beating the Catcher has a career of .366 percentage points in 221 MLB games. He is a candidate for a train role at the position. He has a career .285 / .366 / .392 Slashline Vs. Right-handed and a .222 / .366 / .315 Slashline against left-handers. So its base percentage is not hampered by splits, which is a plus.
From a defensive point of view, it is about average, if not below average. Opponents of the scouts said he has no liability but not near the catcher he replaces – Mike Zunino.
Narvaez is a bargain. He will bring the league to a minimum in 2019, before starting arbitration in three years from 2020.
"Omar has quietly evolved into one of the harder outfits among the MLB catchers, his contact and skills are welcome additions to our lineup," said General Manager Jerry Dipoto in a statement. "The fact that he is under the club's control until 2022 also made him a great fit for our club."
After exchanging Zunino for the Rays in the Offseason, the Mariners had to occupy an open position with the Catcher. The only catcher they had on their 40-man squad was supporter David Freitas. Seattle could add another catcher, preferably a right-handed person with a one-year contract or even a sub-league contract. There is not much depth in the organization because Chris Herrmann of Astros could claim waivers.
With the Mariners in stepback mode, Colome has always been a likely trade candidate. It is not necessary for a man with a high leverage effect to make substantial dollars, especially when dealing with your counterparty. Colome was firmly anchored in his role for Seattle, having been taken on May 25th together with outfielder Denard Span of Rays. Slightly closer to the Rays, Colome took on his minor role, thriving on a 2.53 ERA in 47 appearances for Seattle with a 5-0 record and a save. Colome earned $ 5.3 million in 2018, but has control of the clubs for another two years. It was estimated that he would earn more than $ 7 million in his second year of arbitration next season.