The White Sox traded Narvaez to the Mariners on Friday in exchange for Alex Colome. Narvaez was one of the best hitting catchers in baseball last summer, slashing .315/.401/.502 with nine homers over the final four months. His 122 wRC+ ranked fifth among catchers with at least 200 plate appearances. This trade is great news for his fantasy value, as Narvaez appears primed to serve as a true primary starter with Seattle instead of splitting time with Welington Castillo.
Narvaez (back) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Narvaez has been seeing steady starts at either catcher or designated hitter over the past week, but he'll end the campaign on the bench after tweaking his back in Saturday's 8-3 loss. Welington Castillo will get the nod behind the dish while Daniel Palka serves as the club's designated hitter in the season finale.
Narvaez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to Cleveland. Narvaez belted his career-high eighth homer in the sixth inning off two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. He'd hit well over the summer as the primary catcher; however, since Welington Castillo returned from a PED suspension, Narvaez has not been getting consistent at-bats. His start Tuesday was the ninth in the last 18 games, and he's hit just .179 (5-for-28) during that stretch.
Narvaez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 8-6 win over Baltimore. Narvaez launched a two-run blast over the fence in center to hand the White Sox a four-run lead in the third inning. The 26-year-old has put up decent numbers through 87 games this season, sporting a .272/.361/.420 slash line with 22 extra-base hits and 27 RBI.
Narvaez is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Royals. With Welington Castillo back from his shoulder injury and suspension, Narvaez's role has been reduced. He's started just twice in Chicago's last seven games.