Navarro will start at first base and bat cleanup Monday against the Royals. With Miguel Cabrera serving the third game of his six-game suspension Monday, Navarro will reenter the lineup after John Hicks received the starting nod at first base Sunday against the Indians. It's expected that manager Brad Ausmus will have Navarro and Hicks split the reps at the position until Cabrera is eligible to return Saturday against the Blue Jays, giving both players a boost in short-term value.
Navarro's contract was selected from Triple-A Toledo and he is starting at first base and hitting sixth in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Indians. The Tigers had a couple 40-man roster spots available after trading Justin Upton and Justin Verlander on Thursday, so Navarro claims one of those. He hit .276/.370/.395 with 10 home runs in 476 at-bats in the International League. While the 31-year-old journeyman could see some starts at first base and left field down the stretch, he is unlikely to offer fantasy-relevant production.
Navarro signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Saturday, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxOnline reports. The veteran first baseman last played in the major leagues in 2015 as a member of the Angels in 2015. He spent time with the Mariners and the Cardinals with their respective Triple-A affiliates last season and had a particularly strong stint at Triple-A Memphis, where he slashed .320/.366/.376 over 213 plate appearances. He figures to see regular playing time at Triple-A Toledo in 2017.
Navarro signed a minor league deal with Seattle on Wednesday, Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register reports. The 29-year-old was DFA'd by the Orioles last week and officially cleared waivers over the weekend. After appearing in 54 games for the Angels last season, Navarro is likely destined to begin the year in Triple-A, a level at which he found success within the Angels organization in 2015, hitting .329 with 29 RBI in 72 games.
Navarro cleared waivers and elected free agency Sunday, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports. There isn't a very large market for 29-year-old first basemen with a .627 career OPS, so Navarro is going to have to find a team willing to be patient with him, then develop his bat into something a major league team can use. It's much morel likely he spends the next few years moving between Triple-A teams as organizational filler.
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