Sailors Exploring Omar Narvaez Trade Scenarios

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The Mariners have been investigating a few exchange potential outcomes including catcher Omar Narvaez, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports (by means of Twitter). The Seattle club has “demonstrated a craving” to exchange the 27- year-old (28 in February) and could finish an arrangement “soon,” per Passan.

Now, there’s little uncertainty that Narvaez is a quality hostile player. The Venezuelan-conceived fence has been an OBP machine since appearing in the Majors back in 2016, and his capacity has expanded both in 2018 and in 2019. He’s a vocation .276/.361/.411 hitter in 1216 plate appearances at the MLB level, including a heavy .278/.353/.480 batting line with a profession high 22 grand slams in 482 plate appearances this past season. He’s strolled in 11.3 percent of his MLB plate appearances against a 17.8 percent strikeout rate — the two of which are superior to anything the group normal in the present round of three genuine results.

It’s anything but difficult to credit the power spike to the squeezed ball in 2019, however Narvaez’s new profession high in homers is likewise intelligent of the way that he broke his past vocation high in plate appearances by a proportion of 160. Indeed, his .182 secluded power mark (slugging less batting normal) was just 28 focuses higher than (*********’s) .154.

What’s additionally clear about Narvaez, in any case, is that he’s battled protectively in each period of his major association profession. His 21 percent got taking rate at the MLB level is well south of the 28 percent class normal in that time, and Baseball Prospectus has positioned him close to the base of the group for his capacities (or deficiency in that department) to square pitches. Narvaez did uniquely improve regarding constraining passed balls in 2019 (three in 815 2/3 innings subsequent to permitting 12 in 653 1/3 innings in 2018), however that was the one silver covering in his glovework.

Surrounding, specifically, has been a battle for Narvaez, who positions inadequately in such manner by for all intents and purposes any estimation. Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs and Statcast all peg Narvaez close to the base of the group regarding surrounding esteem. Narvaez has gotten 2386 1/3 innings in his vocation and enlisted – 41 Defensive Runs Saved. Baseball Prospectus positioned him close by Josh Phegley, Welington Castillo, Pedro Severino, Chance Sisco and James McCann as one of MLB’s most exceedingly terrible safeguards at the situation in 2019.

Narvaez is under club control for another three seasons and will be qualified for mediation just because this winter. MLBTR giver Matt Swartz ventures a $2.9MM pay for Narvaez in his first outing through that procedure, and he’ll be qualified twice more before arriving at free office in the 2022- 23 offseason.

In spite of the fact that his glove is not really engaging, it’s difficult to downplay exactly how much superior to anything the class normal catcher Narvaez been at the plate in his major group vocation. Since he appeared, the alliance normal hostile yield from catchers has checked in at .240/.310/.396. Narvaez’s .276/.361/.411 line is uniquely better in all cases. And keeping in mind that the normal catcher’s creation has really declined over the previous two seasons, Narvaez has improved, posting a .277/.358/.448 that trounces the normal catcher.

A club that either trusts itself to be fit for improving Narvaez’s glove or is essentially ready to exchange some guard for uncannily strong offense from the catcher position could positively investigate getting Narvaez — especially if it’s an AL club that can at times stash him at DH. Among the groups with yet-unaddressed needs behind the plate this winter are the Astros, Angels, Rangers, Rockies, Pirates and Brewers. A few different clubs could remain to include a subsequent catcher, with the A’s specifically having been connected to lefty-hitting catchers. Given the horrendous degree of creation from most catchers — especially reinforcement choices — Narvaez could be contended as an intelligent fit for most clubs all through the alliance, in spite of the fact that his cautious warnings make it just as simple to make a counterargument against getting him.

Moving Narvaez now could be reasonable for the Mariners, given the considerable interest for catchers with the two Yasmani Grandal and Travis d’Arnaud now off the market. Jason Castro and Robinson Chirinos are the main two catchers staying in free organization, and keeping in mind that different catchers could most likely be moving through the exchange circuit, there’s no obviously accessible star-bore alternative as there was the previous winter with J.T. Realmuto. The Cubs’ Willson Contreras has seen his name spring up in bits of gossip as of now, yet Chicago needn’t feel strain to exchange him. Furthermore, with Seattle having a strong in-house choice (Tom Murphy) just as an interesting possibility seemingly within easy reach (Cal Raleigh), it doesn’t create the impression that Narvaez will be an imperative bit of the center once the remake closes — maybe when 2021.

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