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Reds add Dioner Navarro for catching depth

Jan 16, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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Dioner Navarro was an All-Star for the Rays in 2008, but since then he’s hit .218, .194, and .193 in three seasons and today he agreed to a minor-league contract with the Reds.

Cincinnati lost last year’s starting catcher, Ramon Hernandez, to the Rockies in free agency, but backup Ryan Hanigan has long been ready for a bigger role and the Reds have 23-year-old top prospect Devin Mesoraco waiting in the wings at Triple-A.

In other words, Navarro is little more than organizational depth. He’ll compete to back up Hanigan if the Reds decide Mesoraco needs some more seasoning in the minors, and if not Navarro could wind up as the starter at Triple-A himself.

  1. headhawks - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Sorry to say some shoddy reporting R. Hernadez wasn’t THE starting catcher….

  2. metalhead65 - Jan 16, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    great move by the reds! who needs to play your top catching prospect when you can sign experianced sub .200 hitters. between this guy and the other loser they picked up from the astros Mesoraco can be pretty much assured he will be spending more time in the minors. why not trade him to? then you can have room on the roster for both the washed up ex-cards you want to sign. and for those of you who think I am wrong you do not know baker,Mesoraco will be the Heisey of catchers this year if he makes the roster. meaning once a week starts if he is lucky. if they are going that route why not bring up their own career minor leager in Corky Miller?

    • paperlions - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:38 AM

      Relax dude, it is a minor league deal, likely to ensure that they move their prospect up (and down) at need depending on how he plays while still having a somewhat capable guy around to handle backup ML or MiL duties.

      Hey, at least he isn’t an ex-Cardinal.

  3. okwhitefalcon - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    And this just in per Ken Rosenthal, the Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to a 1 year $2.5 million deal with option for 2nd year.

    This is gonna be funny, have at it meat….

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