1. Brewers catcher Omar Narvaez will be a part-time catcher somewhere else
Catcher Omar Narvaez is one of what feels like dozens of light-hitting catchers around Major League Baseball who either fill in as a backup or part-time player. Catchers like this are kind of like relief pitchers. They do bounce around. There is reason to consider bringing Narvaez back. However, it’s the Cleveland Guardians who will take him away from the Brewers.
For several years, Cleveland has not really cared much about the offense their catchers can provide. That’s the first indication that maybe he would be a good match for them. Add in that Austin Hedges is a free agent and we have ourselves a possible game of musical chairs going on at the catcher spot.
There’s nothing all that intriguing about Narvaez. He is a good defender but not someone to overpay. He’ll most certainly have a job in the majors next season.
No one should expect the Brewers to do something drastic at the catcher spot like sign Willson Contreras or even Christian Vazquez. It’s going to be Victor Caratini and someone else—maybe even Hedges if he does in fact leave Cleveland.
Narvaez will draw interest from a range of teams. If someone is willing to give him a little more playing time, they should have an edge on Milwaukee.