In the hours leading up to tonight's midnight deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players, the Orioles acquired 25-year-old infielder Yamaico Navarro from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor-league right-hander Jhondaniel Medina.
To make room for Navarro on the team's 40-man roster, the Orioles designated right-hander Stu Pomeranz for assignment.
The team also agreed to terms with second baseman Alexi Casilla, outfielder Steve Pearce and catcher Taylor Teagarden, avoiding arbitration with all three. The club has 11 more arbitration-eligible players whose tenders must be resolved by the end of the night.
The acquisition of Navarro is a strong signal that the Orioles will non-tender infielder Omar Quintanilla.
The Dominican-born Navarro owns a .279/.350/.437 hitting line over six minor league seasons. He played 29 games for the Pirates last season, hitting .160/.232/.220.
He came up through the minors primarily playing shortstop, but he played 35 games at third base last season. He also played second base, first base and right field in 2012.
The Orioles will be Navarro's fourth organization since 2010. He was part of the trade that sent shortstop Mike Aviles to the Red Sox from the Royals in 2011.
Medina, a 19-year-old Venezuela native, pitched in his first pro season in 2012, going 1-3 with a 4.14 ERA between the Gulf Coast League and rookie Class-A Aberdeen. He had pitched the previous two seasons with the Orioles Dominican summer league team.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun