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Cardinals fail in pursuit of Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro

Jul 31, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

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St. Louis may have its Yadier Molina fill-in.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Cardinals are “in discussions to acquire” catcher Dioner Navarro via trade from the rival Cubs.

Navarro has posted an impressive .294/.370/.510 batting line with nine home runs and 20 RBI in 57 games this season for Chicago. He’s a big drop-off defensively from Molina, but you could say the same for just about any catcher in the major leagues.

Molina was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a sprained right knee.

Navarro can become a free agent this November. He’s owed about $750,000.

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UPDATE, 3:51 p.m. ET: Rosenthal says the Cardinals’ pursuit of Navarro has slowed because the two teams have been unable to agree on a suitable return package. A deal is now “doubtful.”

UPDATE, 3:35 p.m. ET: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals won’t be getting Navarro.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Get it done Mo.’

    • paperlions - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Eh, won’t make much difference. Look at Navarro’s career numbers. Unless he found magic fairy dust over the winter, this year’s offensive performance is an aberration and can’t be expected to continue, and he is not an above average defensive catcher. This would probably be to replace Johnson more than anything else.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    He’s a big drop-off defensively from Molina, but you could say the same for just about any catcher in the major leagues.
    That’s like the Yankees acquiring another reliever to fill in for Mo and say “Pitcher X is a big drop off from Mariano Rivera…”

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      On point FC. Of course…the Cardinals don’t really have much options at this point.
      Navarro is most likely the current “pick of the litter.”
      So yeah…the litter isn’t much. But it would help ease the pain a bit.

  3. yourcubreporter - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Nothing good ever befalls the Cubs when they trade with the Cardinals, so I have concerns. But the Cardinal farm system is so damn good that any return for a free-agent-to-be would be worth exploring.

  4. gibbyfan - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    This will be a significant part of the story of why the cards fell out the race during the second half—-hate to say it but see it coming……….

    • paperlions - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      You seem to see and expect doom and gloom around every corner….you are going to right eventually.

      • gibbyfan - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        I know better days are coming when the young pitching talent develops but for now they have been playing over their heads a little and Yadi is irreplacable……….Given what they lost this year —Arguably their ACE starter, their closer, their,#3 starter and starting SS –it’s incredible that they have been able to hang in there–but add Yadi to that list and i thas to be the tipping point —nothing they can do about it—even if they had LA money–cant replace him

  5. spudchukar - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Hold tight Mo. Shoppach costs next to nothing, has some pop, or did at least, and won’t cost a viable prospect.

    • spudchukar - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Activate Benji!

      • paperlions - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        :-)

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        Lemme fix this Spud…

        Active Matheny!

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        Wow…

        Active = Activate

        I am going home now.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        Wonder Twins Powers Activate!

        Zan: form of a Major League Catcher!

        Jayna: form of a Catcher’s Mitt!

  6. 13arod - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Papperlions navvario is a good carther ranks fifth on on base % behind mauer and is better then molina on on base % so yes the cardinals nedded him

    • paperlions - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      No Navarro is NOT a good catcher. He has a career wRC+ of 81, OBP of .311, and SLG of .367, to go along with averagish to below average defense. Good catchers don’t spend 4 years in a row of different teams…..because good catchers are very hard to come by. Navarro isn’t even an average catcher.

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