After seeing Yasmani Grandal depart for Chicago last month, Milwaukee Brewers found themselves in need of a catcher. And while it was believed they will explore the free-agent market for Grandal’s replacement, the team went on and acquired Omar Narvaez from Seattle Mariners instead.
The Brewers officially confirmed the trade on Thursday. According to the official statement, Mariners received minor league pitcher Adam Hill and a 2020 Competitive Balance Round B selection.
“Omar has established himself as one of the best offensive catchers in the game,” said Brewers general manager David Stearns in a statement. “We believe his bat will give us an impactful left-handed presence in our lineup.”
Omar Narvaez arrives in Milwaukee after he had one of his best seasons as a pro in 2019. He played 132 games in this past season, having a batting average of .278 while hitting 22 home runs and adding 55 RBIs.
Narvaez will most likely share catching duties with Manny Pina, whom the Brewers have under contract through 2020.
Mariners, on the other hand, will turn to Tom Murphy, who will be backed up by Austin Nola and potentially a top catching prospect Cal Raleigh.