BRADENTON, Fla. -- Over the offseason, the Pirates made a trade for infielder Yamaico Navarro from the Kansas City Royals in return for hard throwing righty prospect Brooks Pounders and international minor leaguer Diego Goris.
"I was a little bit surprised, but I’m very happy here,"Navarro said. "Ball’s a little different [in the National League]."
Navarro is battling for a utility bench job this spring with the Bucs. The 24-year-old has made appearances at third, short, second, right and left field during Grapefruit League action.
"The versatility jumps out at you," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "I think the fact that not only does he have a skill set that we’re looking at, we’ll see if we can put it into play now, but we think there’s one there that can develop over time."
Navarro hit .264 with 11 doubles, seven home runs and 22 RBI over 59 games in 2011 between Triple-A Pawtucket (Red Sox) and Triple-A Omaha (Royals). He also hit for a .250 batting average in 22 Maj...