Report: Jays, Navarro reach 2-year deal
The Blue Jays have agreed a two-year, $8-million deal with free-agent catcher Dioner Navarro, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
The deal is pending a physical, per Rosenthal.
Navarro, who turns 30 in February, is coming off one of his best seasons. Navarro hit a career-high 13 home runs while batting .300/.365/492 in 89 games in a backup role with the Cubs.
Navarro has played 10 years in the Majors, posting a career .251/.313/.371 line. He played five years with the Rays, where he was an All-Star in 2008, and also has been with the Yankees, Dodgers and Reds.
As Rosenthal mentions, Navarro’s signing would give the Jays four catchers on their 40-man roster, possibly leading to a trade of incumbent J.P. Arencibia.
– Cash Kruth