Monday, January 16, 2012

Reds Ink Catcher Dioner Navarro

Straight from

"The Reds signed catcher Dioner Navarro to a minor league deal, according to the team's Twitter feed. He'll earn $800K plus $200K in incentives in the bigs, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Navarro, 28 in February, will provide veteran depth after catching tandem Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Hanigan. He's represented by MDR Sports Management.

Navarro hit .193/.276/.324 in 202 plate appearances for the Dodgers last year, catching 428 innings. He was designated for assignment in August. The Reds' other non-roster invitees include Sean Gallagher, Ron Mahay, Kanekoa Texeira, Clay Zavada, and Corky Miller."

Color me as puzzled. This probably goes down as the Reds most head-scratching move of the off-season, as catcher wasn't a position I personally thought needed to be addressed. And at a price of nearly $1 million for Navarro's services, the 2008 All-Star isn't exactly what I would call a bargain. Nonetheless, the team now has four capable backstops to help share the load in 2012.

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