Houston Astros Sign Former All-Star Catcher

The Houston Astros, riding a seven-game winning streak, have positioned themselves as strong contenders for the playoffs and the AL West title. 

In a strategic move to strengthen their roster, the Astros have signed former All-Star catcher Omar Narvaez to a minor league deal, as reported by Ari Alexander of KPRC 2. 

This signing comes in response to backup catcher Victor Caratini's injury, who is currently sidelined with a left hip flexor strain. 

Narvaez, recently released by the New York Mets, brings a wealth of experience and solid defensive capabilities to the table, despite his recent struggles at the plate. 

While the Mets will cover the remainder of Narvaez's $8 million salary for this season, the Astros will only be responsible for the prorated league minimum for any time he spends on their major league roster.

Narvaez enjoyed a productive stretch from 2018 to 2022 with the Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, and Milwaukee Brewers, hitting .254/.337/.397 over those five years and earning an All-Star nod in 2021. 

That season, he slashed .266/.342/.402, with 11 home runs, 49 RBIs, and 54 runs scored across 123 games played.

His defensive metrics significantly improved during his tenure with the Brewers, particularly in pitch framing, where Statcast rated him 19 runs above average, according to Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors.

His addition ensures that the Astros remain well-equipped behind the plate as they continue their push for a playoff spot, offering stability and veteran presence in case of further injuries or performance issues.

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