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Orioles acquire outfielder Efren Navarro from Angels

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)


Last week the Angels designated outfielder/first baseman Efren Navarro for assignment and now they’ve traded him to the Orioles for cash considerations.

Navarro never hit much in four limited stints with the Angels, batting a combined .246 with one homer and a .627 OPS in 280 plate appearances through age 29. However, he’s hit .316 in five seasons at Triple-A while posting an .826 OPS.

He lacks power, but controls the strike zone pretty well and has consistently put up big batting averages in the minors. Navarro could be a fit in Baltimore as a left-handed hitter used primarily versus right-handed pitching.

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