Narvaez agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Brewers on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. The Brewers are going to stick to their pre-2020 evaluation of Narvaez and keep him around for at least another season. He hit .278/.353/.460 with 22 home runs in 2019 but slashed .176/.294/.269 with two round trippers this past season. The Brewers pride themselves on being able teach catchers how to be better pitch framers, and indeed, Narvaez went from being a huge defensive negative in 2019 to actually rating as a positive defender this past season, according to FanGraphs.
Narvaez will hit the bench for the third straight game Saturday against the Royals. It's possible Narvaez has slipped behind Jacob Nottingham on the depth chart, as he's started just four of the Brewers' last 11 games behind the plate. It's worth noting, however, that four of his times on the bench during that stretch have come against lefties like Saturday's starter Kris Bubic, so this may be more of a platoon situation than a true change in the hierarchy.
Narvaez is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Royals. Narvaez continues to struggle at the plate and is 1-for-11 in his past five games, so he'll take a seat against left-hander Danny Duffy. Jacob Nottingham receives the start at catcher Friday for Milwaukee.
Narvaez is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals. Narvaez started behind the plate in Game 1 and went 0-for-1 with a walk. Jacob Nottingham receives the starting nod in Game 2, batting ninth.
Narvaez will start at catcher and will bat ninth in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Cardinals. Jacob Nottingham will presumably get the nod behind the plate in the nightcap, continuing what has been a timeshare at catcher between the two for much of September. Narvaez was the starter in Tuesday's 18-3 win, finishing 1-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and two runs in the blowout.