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Blue Jays sign Dioner Navarro to two-year deal

Dec 2, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

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Dioner Navarro has agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with the Blue Jays, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Navarro went from 24-year-old All-Star in 2008 to little-used, unproductive backup from 2010-2012, but the switch-hitting catcher put together a big season in a part-time role for the Cubs this year. He hit .300 with 13 homers and an .856 OPS in 89 games, compared to hitting a combined .215 with 16 homers and a .594 OPS in 251 games during the previous four seasons.

Rosenthal reports that Navarro “could grow into an everyday role” in Toronto, with Josh Thole backing him up and catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, which suggests 2013 starter J.P. Arencibia will be traded after a horrendous season in which he hit .194 with a ghastly .227 on-base percentage and .592 OPS despite 21 homers.

  1. canadatude - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Bye bye, J. P.

  2. voidhelix - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Phenomenal move right here. Even if Navarro`s bat`s not 2012 good,the guy has a hose. Use J.P as Price bait.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Not likely as the Rays do not trade within their Division and they have 2 catchers already signed.

  3. proudlycanadian - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    No surprise at all. Blue Jay fans expected the team to add a catcher and then trade Arencibia. General gossip in he media indicates that there are teams interested in Arencibia.

  4. tn16 - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    JPA to Pitt for Snider make it happen

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      Travis is a candidate to be non tendered and thus become a free agent.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      One other point. The Pirates are about to trade for Chris Stewart. If they have both Martin and Stewart, they would be unlikely to want Arencibia.

  5. APBA Guy - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Catchers often take some time to develop, but despite this being a 2 year deal, there is definite risk for the Jays here, as Navarro’s past shows dramatic variability.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Arencibia did not play well behind the plate last season. Navarro would be an upgrade defensively.

    • rdillon99 - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Sure there is some risk, but realistically there was SFA else available in the free agent market… and Arencibia was historically bad last season. Even if Navarro regresses somewhat, he will be an improvement over what the team had last season.

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