The Orioles announced that Efren Navarro was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. The outfielder subsequently refused the assignment and elected free agency.
Navarro, 29, was designated for assignment by the Angels in January and later traded to the Orioles. Navarro has seen Major League action with the Angels in four of the past five seasons, totaling a .246/.303/.324 batting line in 280 plate appearances. He’s hit just one home run in that time, though he’s shown a bit more pop in the minors, where he is a .316/.378/.449 hitter with 32 home runs in 2344 plate appearances at Triple-A. Navarro didn’t hit much with the Angels, but he’s posted solid walk and strikeout rates (7.5 percent and 16.1 percent, respectively). He’s also graded out reasonably well in both Ultimate Zone Rating and Defensive Runs Saved at first base and in left field in his small samples of work at each position.
Navarro was slated to join the competition for corner outfield playing time in Baltimore but he’ll now seek an opportunity elsewhere.