The Orioles are expected to reach an agreement with minor league shortstop Rey Navarro, most likely on a major league deal, according to industry sources. The deal is pending a physical.
Navarro, who turns 25 in December, played at Double-A and Triple-A in the Cincinnati Reds organization last year, hitting a combined .282 with 12 homers, 57 RBIs and a .343 on-base percentage in 132 games.
Considered strong defensively, Navarro has played shortstop and second base in eight seasons in the minor leagues. He has never appeared in the majors.
Navarro was selected in the third round of the 2007 draft out of Puerto Rico by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona traded him to the Kansas City Royals in 2010, and he signed as a minor league free agent with the Reds in November 2013.
He is a career .265 hitter with a .312 on-base percentage in the minors.