Hooray, free agent activity…sort of. For the first time this offseason, the Marlins have added a new player to their organization—catcher Brian Navarreto announced Monday on his Instagram account that he has signed a minor league deal (no announcement from the club yet).
Celebrating his 25th birthday next month, Navarreto is a former sixth-round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins. He remained with the organization until a July 2019 trade to the Yankees and entered free agency after the season.
The Puerto Rican catcher has a poor offensive track record (career .214/.264/.307, 24 HR in 1,755 PA), stalling at the Double-A level the past couple years. But in 2017, Baseball America rated him as the top defender at his position in the Florida State League. He owns a terrific 45.2% caught stealing rate, though that dipped to a career-low 29.3% in 2019.
For what’s it worth, broadcasters who covered Navarreto with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos praised his strong clubhouse presence.
He happens to be represented by MDR Sports Management, the same agency used by Isan Díaz (and many other Puerto Rican baseball players).
Navarreto is highly likely to stick with the Marlins…