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Dioner Navarro | Designated Hitter

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/9/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 205
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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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

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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

Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart said Monday that Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro is not a possible trade candidate because his "salary doesn't fit."

Navarro is only owed $5 million in 2015 and can then become a free agent, so the Diamondbacks must be under a real budget crunch. Tuffy Gosewisch appears set to open the 2015 season as Arizona's backstop. Navarro has requested a trade from the Blue Jays, who will start Russell Martin behind the plate, but the 31-year-old might not get his wish before Opening Day.
Mar 23 - 1:10 PM

Dioner Navarro (knee) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

Navarro is serving as the designated hitter in one of the club's split-squad games after missing the last week of action with a minor knee injury. He's still a few days away from doing any catching.
Mar 15 - 12:31 PM

Dioner Navarro (knee) is scheduled to take batting practice on Saturday.

The veteran backstop said Saturday that his knee is feeling significantly better. With Russell Martin slated to serve as the Jays primary backstop this season, Navarro is expected to see most of his at-bats out of the DH slot.
Source: Barry Davis
Mar 14 - 9:55 AM

Dioner Navarro tweaked his knee Monday and might have to miss a couple of days.

It sounds relatively minor. The Blue Jays signed Russell Martin over the winter, so Navarro's role for 2015 is uncertain at the moment. He still could be a candidate to be traded this spring.
Mar 10 - 9:30 AM

Dioner Navarro told Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun that the Diamondbacks and Tigers have interest in trading for him.

Navarro was told the information by his agent, Melvin Roman. Both are logical fits, as the Diamondbacks have one of the weakest catching situations in the majors and the Tigers have uncertainty about Alex Avila's concussion history. Navarro, 31, hit .274/.317/.395 with 12 home runs and 69 RBI last season and will make $5 million in 2015. He's a possibility to see at-bats out of the DH spot if the Blue Jays decide to keep him around.
Source: Toronto Sun
Mar 10 - 8:47 AM

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told Jayson Stark of ESPN that he could still trade Dioner Navarro if another team sees him as a regular catcher.

Anthopoulos doesn't appear to be in any rush to move him, but he's clearly open to a deal if the right offer comes along. Navarro currently projects to have a part-time role with Toronto after the addition of Russell Martin. The 31-year-old hit .274/.317/.395 with 12 home runs and 69 RBI last season and could still have some appeal as a regular catcher with other clubs.
Feb 24 - 12:04 PM

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Monday that things are "status quo" with catcher Dioner Navarro.

Navarro asked for a trade when the Blue Jays signed Russell Martin and said Monday that he's "disappointed" he hasn't been dealt, but Anthopoulos appears content with keeping him around at the moment. The 31-year-old could see part-time at-bats out of the DH spot if he begins the season with Toronto.
Feb 23 - 5:21 PM

Dioner Navarro acknowledged Monday that he asked for a trade "right away" after the Blue Jays signed catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82.5 million contract.

Navarro has reported to Blue Jays camp in Dunedin, Florida but told reporters that he is "disappointed" he hasn't been dealt and is hopeful that the Toronto front office can work something out soon. Navarro, 31, batted .274/.317/.395 with 12 home runs and 69 RBI in 139 games last season for the Jays. There should be interest out there.
Feb 23 - 12:49 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays are not currently engaged in active trade talks involving catcher Dioner Navarro.

There was a report earlier this month that the Tigers were discussing Navarro with the Jays, but that quickly got shot down. The 31-year-old backstop posted a decent .274/.317/.395 batting line with 12 home runs and 69 RBI in 139 games last season, but he's obviously behind newcomer Russell Martin on Toronto's 2015 depth chart. A trade could happen at some point this spring.
Feb 19 - 3:59 PM

Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The FAN hears from a source that the Blue Jays and Tigers have never discussed a trade involving Dioner Navarro.

Jeff Blair of Sportsnet recently wrote that the Tigers have discussed the possibility of acquiring Navarro, but it appears that they haven't had any talks with the Blue Jays about it. In other words, those talks have apparently been internal in nature, at least for now.
Feb 9 - 5:13 PM

Jeff Blair of Sportsnet reports that the Tigers have spoken to the Blue Jays about Dioner Navarro.

Navarro has also been drawing some trade interest from the Diamondbacks, though Blair writes Monday that Toronto "won’t move him unless it gets a pitcher in return." The 31-year-old catcher batted .274/.317/.395 with 12 home runs and 69 RBI in 139 games last season for the Jays. He is due $5 million in 2015 and can then become a free agent.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Feb 9 - 12:58 PM

According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Diamondbacks have inquired about Dioner Navarro.

Morosi adds, however, that talks have not advanced past the exploration stage. Navarro, 30, hit .274/.317/.395 with 12 home runs and 69 RBI in 139 games last season for the Blue Jays. He is under contract for $5 million in 2015 and can then become a free agent. The only catchers currently on Arizona's 40-man roster are Tuffy Gosewisch and Oscar Hernandez.
Jan 12 - 9:09 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Maicer Izturis
SS1Jose Reyes
2Ryan Goins
3Jonathan Diaz
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Kevin Pillar
CF1Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Drew Hutchison
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Aaron Sanchez
5Marco Estrada
6Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brett Cecil
2Miguel Castro
3Aaron Loup
4Preston Guilmet
5Roberto Osuna
6Liam Hendriks
7Jeff Francis
8Andrew Albers