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Dioner Navarro | Catcher | #30

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/9/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 205
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / NYY

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SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that "multiple clubs" are expressing interest in Dioner Navarro.
Navarro is a poor defensive catcher and is coming off a season where he batted just .207/.265/.322. However, he's provided some pretty decent thump with the bat in the past and should be able to net a backup job without any issues. Mon, Nov 14, 2016 09:40:00 PM

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Blue Jays acquired C Dioner Navarro from the White Sox for LHP Colton Turner.

Navarro has plenty of familiarity with the Jays after spending the 2014 and 2015 seasons in Toronto. He'll provide solid depth behind the plate as well as an extra bat off the bench for the Jays during the stretch run.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 07:04:00 PM

Dioner Navarro went 3-for-5 and drove in the game-winning run in the 10th inning to defeat the Twins on Saturday.

He doubled off Fernando Abad to score Avisail Garcia in the top of the 10th inning. Navarro's turn as the hero made up for his turn as the goat earlier in the game. He made two errors on one play that allowed Byron Buxton to score from first base on a steal attempt. Navarro has not been very good this year. Even after the good game he is still hitting only .209/.268/.351 with five homers and 26 RBI in 225 at-bats.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 10:57:00 PM

Dioner Navarro went 2-for-4 with four RBI in the White Sox' 7-6 win over the Astros on Saturday.

Navarro made both of his hits count, swatting a two-run triple in the second inning and plating two with a bases-loaded single in the fifth. The four RBI were easily the most in a game for Navarro this season, giving him 20 RBI in 49 games. The 32-year-old is hitting just .223/.275/.382 overall.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 07:31:00 PM

Dioner Navarro went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored Saturday against the Twins.

Navarro had an RBI double in the bottom of the second inning en route to his first three-hit game of the year. He's been trending upward in recent weeks after a miserable start to the season, going 13-for-40 (.325) since April 22. He's hitting .217/.243/.377 overall.
Sat, May 7, 2016 11:02:00 PM

Dioner Navarro went 1-for-1 with a solo home run and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

Navarro clocked a solo home run off Rangers starter Derek Holland in the third inning. He would add a sacrifice fly in the fifth to finish off his Sunday offensive contribution to the Sox. Despite flashing a tiny bit of pop in the win, there is no fantasy upside here. The backstop is currently slashing just .129/.176/.226 in 31 at-bats. When almost all of your triple-slash reads below .200, you are not doing it right.
Sun, Apr 24, 2016 05:57:00 PM

Dioner Navarro went 0-for-3 in Monday's loss and is 1-for-22 to start the season.

Alex Avila is 3-for-22 while splitting time with Navarro. The White Sox will start playing one more than the other when the results begin to justify it. Obviously, neither is setting himself apart thus far.
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 12:08:00 AM

Dioner Navarro suffered a bruise Sunday when he fouled a pitch off his foot.

Navarro was limping around in the White Sox clubhouse on Monday morning, but he told reporters it's nothing serious. The veteran catcher should be fine for the start of the 2016 regular season. He is expected to platoon behind the plate with Alex Avila.
Mon, Mar 14, 2016 12:02:00 PM

White Sox signed C Dioner Navarro to a one-year, $4 million contract.

The deal was first reported on Thursday and is now official. Navarro is a career .270/.336/.439 hitter against left-handed pitching and should form a nice platoon with Alex Avila. He batted .246/.307/.374 with five homers for the Blue Jays this past season.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 12:05:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the White Sox have signed free agent catcher Dioner Navarro to a one-year contract.

Chicago pounced quickly on Navarro after making 2015 starting catcher Tyler Flowers a surprise non-tender on Wednesday night. There was probably already a handshake agreement in place. Alex Avila inked a one-year free agent contract with the White Sox last month, so the club will feature a completely different look behind the plate heading into 2016. Avila bats left-handed and Navarro is a switch-hitter who tends to excel against southpaws. It should make for a nice platoon.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 08:45:00 AM

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.
Mon, Oct 26, 2015 11:00:00 AM

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.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 09:06:00 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.
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 12:23:00 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.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 03:31:00 PM

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.
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 10:25:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Luke Maile
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Yangervis Solarte
3Gift Ngoepe
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Aledmys Diaz
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Curtis Granderson
2Steve Pearce
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
3Anthony Alford
RF1Randal Grichuk
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Danny Barnes
3Ryan Tepera
4Aaron Loup
5Seung Hwan Oh
6Tyler Clippard
7John Axford
8Tim Mayza