O's add Navarro for depth; designate Hoes

O's add Navarro for depth; designate Hoes

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles acquired outfielder Efren Navarro from the Angels on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder L.J. Hoes has been designated for assignment.

The 29-year-old Navarro, a left-handed hitter, batted .329/.380/.442 with 24 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 29 RBIs in 72 games with Triple-A Salt Lake last season. He hit .253/.295/.301 with four doubles and five RBIs in 54 Major League games with the Angels.

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In the Majors, Navarro has predominantly played first base and left field, and he adds depth to the corner-outfielder competition heading into Spring Training.

Over nine Minor League seasons, Navarro has hit .300/.365/.417 with 243 doubles, 19 triples, 48 home runs and 495 RBIs. Originally selected by the Angels in the 50th round of the 2007 Draft, he has played in 130 Major League games, batting .246/.303/.324 with 15 doubles, one triple, one home run and 20 RBIs.

Hoes came back to Baltimore in a trade from Houston on Nov. 25. The 25-year-old batted .295/.383/.400 in 99 games with Triple-A Fresno and .267/.313/.267 in eight games with the Astros last season.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.