Yamaico Navarro

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Navarro and the second or maternal family name is Pérez.
Yamaico Navarro
Yamaico Navarro on May 18, 2013.jpg
Navarro with the Baltimore Orioles
Free agent
Second baseman
Born: (1987-10-31) October 31, 1987 (age 29)
San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 20, 2010, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .206
Hits 37
Home runs 2
Runs batted in 20
KBO statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average .297
Hits 307
Home runs 79
Runs batted in 235
Career highlights and awards


Yamaico Navarro Pérez (born October 31, 1987) is a Dominican professional baseball infielder who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Baltimore Orioles.


Boston Red Sox[edit]

Navarro was born in San Pedro de Macorís and signed by scout Pablo Lantigua. He began his professional career in 2006, with the DSL Red Sox. He hit .279 in 53 games. The following year, he played for the Lowell Spinners, hitting .289 in 62 games. In 2008, Navarro played for the Greenville Drive (83 games) and Lancaster JetHawks (42 games), hitting a combined .304 with 11 home runs in 125 games. In 2009, he played for the Spinners (five games), Salem Red Sox (23 games) and Portland Sea Dogs (39 games), hitting a combined .240 in 67 games. Navarro hit .275 with 11 home runs for the Sea Dogs (88 games) and Pawtucket Red Sox (16 games) prior to his August 20, 2010, call-up.

Navarro playing for the Red Sox in 2011

Navarro was added to the Red Sox 40 man roster and called up on August 20, 2010, when Dustin Pedroia went on the disabled list.[1] Navarro made his Major League debut against the Toronto Blue Jays that same day.

On July 2, 2011, Navarro hit his first career home run off Houston Astros pitcher J. A. Happ.

Kansas City Royals[edit]

On July 30, 2011, Navarro was traded to the Kansas City Royals along with minor league pitcher Kendal Volz for infielder Mike Avilés.[2]

On August 4, 2011, Navarro picked up his first RBI in a Kansas City Royals uniform, going 1-for-4 at the plate with a walk and 3 RBIs in a 9-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

The next day, Navarro was optioned to the Omaha Storm Chasers to allow room for Johnny Giavotella.[3]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Navarro was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates following the 2011 season in exchange for Brooks Pounders and Diego Goris.[4] On July 4, 2012, Navarro was arrested for driving under the influence in Indianapolis. Navarro was released after spending one night in jail.[5] On August 16, 2012, Navarro was called up after Neil Walker was injured during a game against the Dodgers.

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

On November 30, 2012, Navarro was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Jhondaniel Medina.[6] He was designated for assignment on June 18, 2013.

Samsung Lions[edit]

Navarro signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees on November 19, 2013.[7] The Yankees released Navarro so that he could sign with the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization.[8]

In 2014, his first KBO season, Navarro batted .308 and smacked 31 home runs (fifth in the league) with 98 RBI (ninth) and 25 stolen bases (eleventh), hitting leadoff in the order and playing second base. Navarro led the Lions to their fourth consecutive Korean Series title, tying Tyrone Woods' single Korean Series-record with four home runs, and his performance earned him the Korean Series Most Valuable Player Award.

Chiba Lotte Marines[edit]

Navarro signed a free agent contract with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball on January 13, 2016.[9]

Personal life[edit]

On February 21, 2016, Navarro was arrested in Okinawa, Japan for concealing a bullet in his luggage. The bullet was discovered in Navarro's carry on bag during a security check for a domestic flight at Okinawa's airport. Possessing the bullet was a violation of Japan's firearms law. Navarro told police the bullet was from his home in the Dominican Republic but that he was not aware it was in his bag.[10]


  1. ^ Lee, Tony (August 20, 2010). "Dustin Pedroia Placed Back on Disabled List With Pain in Foot, Yamaico Navarro Called up". Nesn.com. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Red Sox acquire Mike Aviles ESPN.com, July 30, 2011
  3. ^ Royals make the call to promote Giavotella MLB.com, August 5, 2011
  4. ^ [1] Archived January 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Biertempfel, Rob (July 5, 2012). "Pirates' Navarro arrested for DUI". 
  6. ^ "Pirates acquire Medina in exchange for Navarro". November 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ "MLB hot stove: Yankees sign infielder Yamaico Navarro". NJ.com. November 21, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Yamaico Navarro de Yankees jugará en Corea – ESPN: Deportes". Espndeportes.espn.go.com. January 1, 2008. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ "ヤマイコ・ナバーロ選手の獲得について | 千葉ロッテマリーンズオフィシャルサト". marines.co.jp. Retrieved 2016-01-13. 
  10. ^ "Yamaico Navarro arrested in Japan for bullet found in luggage ト". espn.go.com. Retrieved 2016-02-28. 

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