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Gammons: Dioner Navarro is close to signing somewhere

Nov 25, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

We have already seen Brian McCann, Carlos Ruiz, Brayan Pena, and Geovany Soto sign free agent contracts, and now it appears that another catcher is about to go off the board.

While Navarro isn’t a big name, he’s coming off a career-best season in which he batted .300/.365/.492 with 13 homers over 266 plate appearances with the Cubs. He came into the year with a .663 career OPS, which makes him a bit of a risk, but he should do quite well for himself in free agency. He’ll turn 30 years old in February.

As for who could be the mystery team, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported over the weekend that the Marlins had expressed interest in Navarro. The Blue Jays, Twins, and Rockies are among the other teams believed to be in the market for catchers this winter. That the Red Sox aren’t involved for Navarro could be further indication of a Jarrod Saltalamacchia return.

  1. fbwangus8736 - Nov 25, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Zoinks Scooby it could be the dreaded mystery team!

  2. dcfan999 - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    It could be the nationals they need a backup catcher

  3. kruegere - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    You forgot Jose Molina!

  4. boyofzimmer - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Ruh roh!

  5. NYTolstoy - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    I’m guessing its the Rockies, they were looking for a Catcher to move theirs to 1st base. Navarro would put up good numbers in Coors. My guess

    • tk41 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      He was one of the few bright spots on an ugly Cubs team. Still has some gas left in the tank & handled pitchers reasonably well… but those hitting numbers are bound to regress. His offensive production came almost exclusively on days when the wind was blowing out at Wrilgey

    • tk41 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      He was one of the few bright spots on an ugly Cubs team. Still has some gas left in the tank & handled pitchers reasonably well… but those hitting numbers are bound to regress. His offensive production came almost exclusively on days when the wind was blowing out at Wrigley

  6. stenilintom - Nov 26, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    Dionner certainly is not a big name, I am glad he may be signing somewhere other than on the Red Sox, would hate to see him in a real uniform.

    • Old Gator - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:19 AM

      Dioner has six letters in it. It’s a bigger name than “Brian” or “Bob.”

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