In the hours leading up to tonight's midnight deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players, the Orioles acquired 25-year-old infielder Yamaico Navarro from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor-league right-hander Jhondaniel Medina.
To make room for Navarro on the team's 40-man roster, the Orioles designated right-hander Stu Pomeranz for assignment.
The team also agreed to terms with second baseman Alexi Casilla, outfielder Steve Pearce and catcher Taylor Teagarden, avoiding arbitration with all three. The club has 11 more arbitration-eligible players whose tenders must be resolved by the end of the night.
The acquisition of Navarro is a strong signal that the Orioles will non-tender infielder Omar Quintanilla.
The Dominican-born Navarro owns a .279/.350/.437 hitting line over six minor league seasons. He played 29 games for the Pirates last season, hitting .160/.232/.220.