Navarro agreed to a minor league contract with the Angels on Tuesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Navarro was cast off the 40-man roster earlier in the month after mustering just a .227 batting average at Triple-A Salt Lake last season. With that in mind, it seems like he'll just be an organizational depth piece unless his bat comes back to life in 2017.
Navarro was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday. His chances of holding onto his 40-man spot throughout the winter were slim, to put it nicely. Navarro put up just a .227/.253/.325 line at the Triple-A level in 2016 -- in the hitter-friendly PCL. He will provide organizational infield depth in 2017.
Navarro is expecting a call-up to replace Andrelton Simmons (thumb) on the Angel's 25-man roster, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Navarro has only 10 MLB games under his belt but will have the chance for extended time on the 25-man roster with Simmons expected to miss a good portion of time off the diamond. That said, Navarro has a lackluster slash line of .253/.278/.333 over 93 plate appearances with Triple-A Salt Lake in 2016.
Navarro was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports. The Angels made their final roster trim down in advance of Opening Day on Saturday, optioning Navarro and others down to Triple-A. Navarro had a decent spring with a .257 batting average to go with two doubles and eight RBI, but his inability to get on base (.263 OBP) was problematic. He'll start the year in the infield at Salt Lake.
Navarro is part of an open competition for the Angels' starting second base job this spring, the Orange County Register reports. With minor league options remaining, Navarro seems likely to get a taste of Triple-A Salt Lake to begin the season. Johnny Giavotella is the favorite to open 2016 as the starter, but Navarro will have a chance to compete with Cliff Pennington and Gregorio Petit for the job. Navarro posted a .261/.310/.372 line with six homers and four steals in 89 games at Triple-A Norfolk as a 25-year-old last season.