The Pirates have officially acquired utility infielder Yamaico Navarro from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for prospects Brooks Pounders and Diego Goris.
Navarro is 24 years old and spent most of last season in AAA, where he hit .264/.344/.436 with 7 home runs in 220 at bats.
He is a career .279 hitter at the minor league level and can play second, third or short stop. Navarro will likely be a backup utility player this season, primarily backing up Clint Barmes at short stop, as the team will likely keep Chase d’Arnaud in the minors or at third base, depending on Pedro Alvarez‘ performance.
The Pirates also designated short stop Pedro Ciriaco (and catcher Jason Jaramillo) for assignment when the Nate McLouth signing was announced, so he’s not an option anymore. The Bucs will now have ten days to waive, trade or release him. If he clears waivers, he will be outrighted to AAA.
Navarro entered the 2011 season as the Boston Red Sox’ 12th-ranked prospect before he was traded to Kansas City.
Pounders, 21, was the team’s second-round pick in the 2009 First Year Player Draft. He went 5-5 with a 3.68 ERA in 36 appearances at the low-A level last season.
Goris, also 21, hit .350 with 20 doubles, five home runs and 46 RBI in the Dominican Summer League, and has been named to the DSL All-Star team each of the past two seasons.