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Dioner Navarro | Catcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/9/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 205
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Monday that he is hoping to bring back Dioner Navarro.
Navarro sounded open to that idea after Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday night in Kansas City, but the 31-year-old free agent might want to try for more playing time after appearing in only 54 games this season behind starting Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin. Navarro actually requested a trade last winter when the Jays signed Martin to a five-year, $82 million deal. Oct 26 - 11:00 AM

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Dioner Navarro said Friday that he'd be open to a return to the Blue Jays next season.

"Wherever God takes me", the 31-year-old backstop said when asked where he may end up in his impending free agency. Navarro appeared in just 54 games for the Jays in 2015, slashing .246/.307/.374 with five homers and 20 RBI. He'll most likely seek an opportunity for more playing time elsewhere.
Oct 24 - 9:06 AM

Dioner Navarro is in the starting lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Royals.

It's not a big surprise, as Navarro is usually paired with Marco Estrada. The full lineup for the Blue Jays as they attempt to keep their season alive: Ben Revere LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jose Bautista RF, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Chris Colabello 1B, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Navarro C, Kevin Pillar CF, Ryan Goins 2B. The Royals, who hold a 3-1 lead in the series, will send Edinson Volquez to the mound.
Oct 21 - 12:23 PM

Dioner Navarro is starting at catcher and batting seventh for the Blue Jays in ALCS Game 1 on Friday.

It's standard for Navarro to catch Marco Estrada's outings, so it's no surprise that he's behind the plate instead of Russell Martin for this one. Also noteworthy is Chris Colabello getting the start over Justin Smoak at first base even with the Royals throwing a righty. The rest of manager John Gibbons' lineup is the standard setup.

Dioner Navarro is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

Russell Martin continues to draw a high majority of the starts behind the dish, and Edwin Encarnacion is serving as the designated hitter on Saturday. The 31-year-old is hitting .226/.285/.348 with three homers and 17 RBI in just 115 at-bats on the season.
Aug 8 - 10:25 AM

Dioner Navarro went 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI in a losing effort against the Tigers on Friday.

The Blue Jays had been no-hit through 7 1/3 innings in the contest before erupting for six runs in the eighth inning. Sadly, it was still not enough for the Jays to overcome the poor pitching from Drew Hutchison. Navarro is now hitting .235/.290/.358 with 11 RBI on the season.
Jul 3 - 10:13 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Dioner Navarro "renewed his interest in a trade this week."

Navarro requested a trade over the winter after the Blue Jays signed Russell Martin and he apparently still desires to be somewhere where he could catch more. He's been the Jays' backup catcher and occasional designated hitter but would probably represent an upgrade as a starting catcher for a handful of clubs.
Jul 3 - 9:13 AM

Dioner Navarro went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Rays.

Navarro has homered in two straight games after going homerless in his first 18 contests of the season. He's 5-for-8 in his last two games to raise his overall line to .270/.315/.413 with eight RBI.
Jun 23 - 9:38 PM

Dioner Navarro went 3-for-4 with a double, a solo home run, and three runs scored in Monday's win over the Rays.

Navarro doubled and scored the Jays' first run in the second inning, belted a solo home run in the fourth inning, then singled and scored in the sixth. He has played intermittently since coming off of the DL in early June and had recorded only one hit in his last 19 plate appearances. Navarro now has a .254/.304/.356 batting line with one home run and seven RBI.
Jun 22 - 10:42 PM

Blue Jays activated C/DH Dioner Navarro from the 15-day disabled list.

Navarro ended up missing around five weeks with a strained left hamstring. He'll serve as a backup to Russell Martin and figures to get a bunch of starts out of the DH spot now that Jose Bautista is healthy enough to play in the outfield again.
Jun 2 - 3:58 PM

Dioner Navarro (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Navarro has missed over five weeks with a strained hamstring, but he's gotten through a few rehab games without a setback. With Jose Bautista's shoulder improved enough to allow him to return to the outfield, Navarro should see a decent number of starts in the designated hitter spot.
Jun 1 - 4:32 PM

Dioner Navarro (hamstring) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Buffalo.

Navarro has been sidelined for about a month with strained left hamstring, but he's finally ready to return to game action. He's on track to return sometime next week.
May 26 - 1:33 PM

Dioner Navarro recently felt some more tightness in his ailing left hamstring while rehabbing at the Blue Jays' spring training complex.

It's not clear at this point how big of a setback it is, but obviously he's not going to be returning for a while. Navarro has already been on the shelf for a couple weeks.
May 4 - 8:38 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that Dioner Navarro (hamstring) had a "nice little tear in [the hamstring]."

That's an interesting way to describe an injury. Navarro is expected to miss three weeks, though he could end up sidelined for longer than that. Josh Thole was called up from Triple-A to serve as backup for Russell Martin until Navarro's little tear has healed.
Apr 23 - 4:38 PM

Blue Jays placed C Dioner Navarro on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Josh Thole has been called up from Triple-A Buffalo to serve as the backup to Blue Jays starting catcher Russell Martin. Navarro will likely miss three weeks.
Apr 23 - 11:19 AM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2Casey Kotchman
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
3David Adams
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Jiovanni Mier
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Ben Revere
2Chris Colabello
3Michael Saunders
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2R.A. Dickey
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Jesse Chavez
6Drew Hutchison
7Aaron Sanchez
8Scott Diamond
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Brett Cecil
3Aaron Loup
4Bo Schultz
5Ryan Tepera
6Pat Venditte
7Steve Delabar
8Chad Jenkins
9Blake McFarland
10Brady Dragmire