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Cubs sign Dioner Navarro to one-year contract

Nov 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

navarro warm-up

I started writing this post assuming the Cubs had signed catcher Dioner Navarro to a minor-league deal, but now Jon Heyman of reports that it’s actually a major-league deal worth $1.75 million.

Navarro is a 28-year-old former All-Star, but not much else about him suggests $1.75 million is a worthwhile investment. He’s hit just .215 with a .594 OPS in 251 games since making that All-Star team in 2008 and spent most of this season at Triple-A.

Prior to signing Navarro the top two spots on the Cubs’ catching depth chart belonged to Welington Castillo and Steve Clevenger, so presumably he’s now the favorite to back up Castillo.

  1. jm91rs - Nov 15, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    He played well for the Reds, much better than Mesorraco. I’m surprised he could only get a minor league deal somewhere.

  2. 18thstreet - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Amazing to watch the career arch of these one-time hot prospects, isn’t it? The Yankees had to give him to get Randy Johnson, right?

  3. jlovenotjlo - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Looks like Theo’s settling in nicely as Cubs Team President. Look on the bright side, Cub fans, the old regime gives him 3 years 18 million with a full no-trade clause.

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