Navarro came to the Royals just last summer, when they traded Mike Aviles to the Red Sox. He hasn't hit much in 42 major-league games, but he's got a .267/.343/.454 line in 75 triple-A games. Not bad for a versatile defender who just turned 24.
On the other hand, Navarro's not a good enough shortstop or second baseman to play those positions regularly, and he probably won't hit enough to play anywhere else. So he projects as a utility man; granted, perhaps a super utility man. But still a utility man. Not that the Royals couldn't use a super utility man as they make their run for American League Central glory.
Except there's one more thing.
Thursday morning, the Royals have the fifth pick in the annual Rule 5 draft. Granted, the odds are heavily against coming up with someone in the Rule 5 draft who's actually better than Yamaico Navarro. But baseball men love the Rule 5 draft because it gives them a chance to scout. And damn it all if baseball men don't love to scout.
Not that there's anything wrong with that. Trading Navarro opens up a slot on the Royals' 40-man roster, a spot which will likely be filled Thursday morning with a brand-new, more-exciting-than-Yamaico-Navarro player.
Minor-league pitcher Brooks Pounders and minor-league outfielder Diego Goris are both organizational depth, at best. A year from now, both might be looking into other lines of work.