Pirates Acquire Yamaico Navarro

The Pirates have acquired Yamaico Navarro from the Royals in exchange for Brooks Pounders and Diego Goris, reports Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star first broke news that Navarro was heading to Pittsburgh (Twitter link). The teams have confirmed the deal in respective press releases.

Earlier today, Dutton reported that the Royals were shopping Navarro in an attempt to clear a 40-man roster spot for the Rule 5 draft. The 24-year-old was acquired by the Royals from the Red Sox in the Mike Aviles trade and saw limited big league action in 2011 for both clubs.


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38 Comments on "Pirates Acquire Yamaico Navarro"


vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

“Brooks Pounders”? Is that a baseball player or a porn actor?

bigpat
3 years 8 months ago

 You can’t make that isht up. He’d certainly make all-name team.

3 years 8 months ago

Lol

3 years 8 months ago

brooks pounders is an awesome name

M_Harden
3 years 8 months ago

Ah, drat. I wanted the DBacks to get him.

3 years 8 months ago

they have enough utility guys

M_Harden
3 years 8 months ago

that are actually capable?

3 years 8 months ago

well they’re more experienced

MaineSox
3 years 8 months ago

While he’ll never be an all-star, he has a reasonable shot at sticking as a starter at any of 3B, SS, or 2B.

bigpat
3 years 8 months ago

lolwut? Scouting report please… 

3 years 8 months ago

Fair deal for both sides, if Navarro can stay healthy he can battle for the starting SS position, KC gets some not bad prospects. Good to see Navarro get a shot somewhere.

3 years 8 months ago

Pounders seems like he might be a pretty decent pickup for the Royals. I don’t know much about Goris as he repeated the same level quite a few times, but he is at a pretty young age so there is still time for him to show something.

pirateswillwinin2013
3 years 8 months ago

Pounders former 2nd round pick, he doesn’t throw hard but has good control and command with a lot of pitches. He’s a big boy too.

James
3 years 8 months ago

Goris actually looked pretty good. Batted .350 last year with 266 ab and had 15 sb and a middle infielder. Sounds alright to me. I wonder where he will start the year since he has been in the Dominican league since 08 as a 17 year old…

James
3 years 8 months ago

Goris actually looked pretty good. Batted .350 last year with 266 ab and had 15 sb and a middle infielder. Sounds alright to me. I wonder where he will start the year since he has been in the Dominican league since 08 as a 17 year old…

johnsilver
3 years 8 months ago

Agreed. Felt that way when Boston shipped him off to KC also.

His bat is a lot better than his glove(s) though and not really sure that SS is where his best chance would be at the big league level if he ever got a chance for extended play. Still, nice to see him get a shot at a utility role at the least somewhere.

3 years 8 months ago

Brooks Pounders could either be a really cheap swill beer company or the newest country/western musical duo.

3 years 8 months ago

Like if you approve of Brooks Pounders

LayerCake
3 years 8 months ago

Oh God don’t bring that YouTube nonsense here

3 years 8 months ago

If you want a scouting report, here’s one from soxprospects, the best site for Red Sox prospects, back when Yamaico was a red sox prospect:”Not initially a heralded signing, Navarro has impressed the Sox brass during his rise up the organizational ladder. He has an athletic build for a shortstop, with a little bit of bulk. At the plate, he makes good contact and generates great loft off his bat, resulting in a lot of hard liners. Above-average power for a middle infielder. Quick wrists, nice bat speed, great balance. Hits fastballs better than breaking balls. A little too aggressive at the plate, could stand to be more selective. Average speed. Has the tools to be a plus defender at shortstop and third base, also has some experience at second base. Sure glove, above-average arm, excellent fluidity. But the focus and effort is not always there defensively. He has also had some problems with executing double plays, but that seems to be improving. Entertaining to watch, turns a lot of gems in the field with an Ozzie Smith-like electricity. To expand his versatility, the front office began giving Navarro reps at all three outfield positions with Pawtucket in 2011.”

BondstheGOAT
3 years 8 months ago

substitute Ronny cedeno’s name for his

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Pounders can actually pound the strikezone – 72:14 K:BB in 66 High-A innings. Not bad. If his porn career doesn’t work out, he may have a future as a big league reliever.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 8 months ago

“Big league reliever” hehehe

3 years 8 months ago

Shame this wasn’t a threesome…I mean, three-way swap between Doug Fister, Charlie Furbush and Brooks Pounders

PiratesFan
3 years 8 months ago

Royals won this one, but it really won’t matter.

MUCHRIS64
3 years 8 months ago

Probably like being the tallest midget, but I’ll take it…

3 years 8 months ago

Ponders has some nice upside. In a couple years he could be a quality arm in the bullpen.

3 years 8 months ago

for all you people commenting on brooks pounders…he just pitched in full season class A ball for the West Virginia Power this past season and is already at age 21. drafted out of high school too. so its been 3 years now and he is not even out of A ball yet. he probably was not even in the pirates top 30 prospects just from my understanding of the pirates system. this navarro on the other hand sounds like a solid pickup on the pirates part

Otis26
3 years 8 months ago

Listen…we Royals fans understand the need to make every move seem like it’s better for your team. Just try not to make it so obvious.

Otis26
3 years 8 months ago

Listen…we Royals fans understand the need to make every move seem like it’s better for your team. Just try not to make it so obvious.

TLB2001
3 years 8 months ago

Navarro was traded WITH ANOTHER PLAYER for a 30 y/o middle-infielder coming off Tommy John and a crappy season, if that tells you how much the Red Sox valued him.

Ultimately, the Royals got Volz, Pounders and Golis for Mike Aviles.  Not too shabby.

MaineSox
3 years 8 months ago

I didn’t at the time, and I still don’t understand the Aviles trade.  The Sox essentially traded Navarro for an older guy who was going to fill the same role, and a guy who doesn’t really have the same upside.

Pete Slovonic
3 years 8 months ago

anyone that makes pedro ciriaco not play frequently is a great pick up

muskyfish
3 years 8 months ago

I’d like to see some more opinions on what Brooks can do for the Royals. He has the size of an innings-eater, appears to have come a long way with his control, is a former high-round pick, and did a good job of missing bats next year. If I’m KC, this guy is getting two years in the rotation to see what he can do. 

James S
3 years 8 months ago

Actually Pounders size has been a problem for his inning eating ability. He was used mostly in middle relief because of it. He will need to constantly watch his weight his whole career. If he has any chance of being a starter, especially.

3 years 8 months ago

Maybe Broxton can give Pounders a few pointers of how to be an elite obese reliever.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 8 months ago

I feel so bad for that guy…What would happen if he would become a major league star? lol “Marlins sign Rusty Kuntz to a 10 year $200 million deal”

3 years 8 months ago

The Marlins Mermaids could use more redheads.