Toronto Blue Jays Sign Dioner Navarro For 2-Years $8 Million

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Monday, December 2nd, 2013
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Dioner Navarro

Could the signing of Navarro lure Matt Garza to Toronto.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports the Toronto Blue Jays have signed catcher Dioner Navarro to a 2-year deal worth $8 million dollars. Navarro earned $1,75 million last season and this would all but shut the door on the J.P. Arencibia experiment after a disappointing 2013 campaign.

 

Navarro is a 29-year old native of Venezuela with parts of 10 seasons under his belt, the he majority of it spent with the Tampa Bay Rays including 2008 when he was selected for the All-Star game. Navarro spent last season with the Chicago Cubs batting .300 with a career high 13 home runs and an .856 OPS in 240 at bats for the Cubs. However don’t let that stat line fool you, Navarro is a career.251 hitter with a career OPS of .684 in 715 major league games.

The switch-hitting catcher is a career .290 hitter in the post-season which includes a World Series run in 2008 with the Rays. Navarro now joins J.P. Arencibia and knuckle-ball catching specialist Josh Thole as the 3 backstops currently employed by the Blue Jays.

The Jays are a year removed from injecting confidence into Arencibia by trading top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud to the New York Mets and signalling Arencibia was the catcher of the future moving forward.However, a year later the Jays were looking for an upgrade behind the dish after a terrible season both offensively and defensively for Arencibia. A year in which Arencibia entered the record books for his lowly on base percentage, couldn’t take a walk to save his life and publicly lashed out at analysts Gregg Zaun and Dirk Hayhurst for being too critical of his poor play.

This is the first sign of life by the Blue Jays since the season ended and perhaps they are hoping Navarro can lure his old Rays battery mate Matt Garza north of the border as well.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher







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