FLUSHING, N.Y., December 22, 2022 – The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed catcher Omar Narváez to a one-year contract with a player option for 2024.
Narváez, 30, spent the last three seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers. The left-handed hitter owns a career mark .268/.345/.406 hitter against right-handers. Narváez hit a career-high 22 homers and had a career-high .813 OPS for the Mariners in 2019.
“We are excited to bring Omar to New York,” said Mets General Manager Billy Eppler. “Omar has contact ability and solid approach at the plate, and his left-handed bat fits our roster well. Additionally, the defensive skill and experience he brings behind the plate will be great additions for the Mets and our pitching staff.”
The 5-11, 240-pounder was an All-Star in 2021, finishing the year with a .266/.342/.402 slashline with 11 home runs and 49 RBI in 123 games. Narváez batted .206/.292/.305 in 84 games last season, compiling 21 runs, 12 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 23 RBI and 29 walks. According to Baseball Savant he ranked seventh in the majors last year in framing pitches.
Over his seven-year major league career, he has hit .258/.343/.386 with 212 runs, 76 doubles, two triples, 51 home runs, 191 RBI, 223 walks and a .728 OPS in 600 career games with the White Sox, Mariners and Brewers.
The Venezuelan native was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the White Sox.