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Mariners sign ex-Angels outfielder Efren Navarro

Efren Navarro

Los Angeles Angels’ Efren Navarro celebrates his walk-off double during the 16th inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 3-2. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


First baseman/outfielder Efren Navarro is now on his third team in three months, signing a minor-league deal with the Mariners that includes an invitation to spring training.

Navarro spent nearly a decade in the Angels organization, including several brief stints in the majors, before being traded to the Orioles in January. He was then designated for assignment and opted for free agency, choosing to start fresh with the Mariners.

Navarro has had limited success in the majors through age 29, hitting .246 with one homer and a .627 OPS in 130 games. However, he’s a career .300 hitter in nine seasons as a minor leaguer, including .316 with an .832 OPS in more than 500 total games at Triple-A. If given a chance he could find a niche as a part-timer versus right-handed pitching.

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