Brewers find their catcher

Joe Zenzola
December 05, 2019 - 12:45 pm

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After losing All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal to the White Sox this offseason, many wondered what the Brewers would do behind the dish next season. It appears we have our answer:


Ken Rosenthal had the news first on a potential trade early Thursday morning, but Greg Johns of and had the full trade details first:

The Brewers made the deal official late this morning:

The Brewers also picked up Manny Pina's contract option earlier this offseason, so this looks like a classic platoon situation, with Narvaez (a left-handed hitter) starting most games against right handed pitching, and Manny Pina starting against left handers. 

Narvaez, 27, had a career year last season, hitting .278 with 22 home runs and 55 RBIs in 132 games last season. His bat is his strongest tool, but he continues to be a work in progress defensively, only throwing out 18% of base stealers (13/71) and grading out as a negative defender by all advanced metrics. 

Adam Hill, the player the Brewers sent out in the deal, was acquired last offseason in the Keon Broxton trade with the Mets. Hill, 22, is a right handed pitcher who went 7-9 with a 3.92 ERA in 29 game (26 starts) last season for the low A Timber Rattlers.