David Stearns is apparently an early riser, as a report emerged before the sun came out in Milwaukee this morning that the Brewers are set to acquire catcher Omar Narvaez in a trade with the Seattle Mariners:
The #Brewers have found their primary replacement for Yasmani Grandal. They are close to acquiring catcher Omar Narváez from the #Mariners, a source tells The Athletic. M’s would receive at least one minor leaguer in return.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 5, 2019
After losing Yasmani Grandal to free agency and the Chicago White Sox, that left the Brewers with Manny Pina as the only proven catcher within the organization. But he’ll now apparently pair with Narvaez, who is an excellent hitter at the plate and a terrible defender behind it.
Originally signed by the Rays as an international free agent in 2008, Narvaez was a minor league Rule 5 Draft pick by the White Sox in 2013. He made it to the big leagues three years later at age 24.
In parts of four MLB seasons since then, Narvaez is a .276/.361/.411 hitter for a 113 wRC+, which is nearly 30% better on offense than the league-average catcher. He has posted wRC+ marks of 122 and 119 over the past two…