Reds Sign Dioner Navarro

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.

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  1. He was supposed to be such a good catcher. I really liked him with his short stint with the Yankees.

    • letsgogiants 4 years ago

      Yeah, and he did very well for the Rays for the later half of the 2007 season and all of the 2008 season before suddenly tanking. The amazing thing is, this guy is still only 27…

  2. Bonds2425 4 years ago

    What are the dodgers going to do!?

    • Gumby65 4 years ago

      Read internet baseball sites much?
      Try Google with the following search tips…
      1. Dodgers release Navarro
      2. Dodgers sign Matt Treanor
      3. Dodgers trade for Tim Federowicz
      4. A.J Ellis to start season as regular Dodger catcher.

      That’s it in a nutshell.

      You are welcome.

  3. theobi11111 4 years ago

    Save some money for Ankeil!

  4. joeybw 4 years ago

    Any chance Navarro becomes Mesoroco’s backup and Rays get Ryan Hanigan? A fan can dream…

  5. Josh B. is a fiesty one.

    • NiceGamePrettyBoy 4 years ago

      That dude is the biggest homer fan I’ve ever seen. According to him the Cards are an awful team that just somehow lucked into winning the world series lol. If it’s just luck then surely the Reds should have lucked into one in the last 20 years instead of being largely forgettable.

  6. amazing this guy keeps finding work! He can’t hit, his catching is getting worse, and his last two teams have dumped him because they were fed up with him and his attitude.

  7. Gumby65 4 years ago

    Reds: Sincerely hope you do not confuse “Veteran Depth” with “Veteran Leadership”.

  8. Rational Reds fan here. I’m just glad that this is a rivalry now to where Cards fans will actually argue with the smack talk for hours on a website comment section. I think the Cards will be good again with a chance to get better with Wainwright back but I think that the Reds are in a great situation. Basically every need has been addressed this offseason; stud starter, best lefty reliever in baseball, a new great closer (which gets the Reds draft picks since CoCo is gone, brilliant move by Jocketty). I don’t know if I have faith in Heisey so I hope the Ludwick thing happens or better yet Johnny Damon. Club needs veteran presence that doesn’t come from that corncob Rolen. It’d be nice to see him out for the whole season, IMO. Oh well, can’t wait for April.

  9. DT Flush234 4 years ago

    Why? Reds are still not favorites.

  10. DT Flush234 4 years ago

    Latos is flyball pitcher in a Home Run Ballpark and is overrated pitching at Petco Park.
    Peter Brand: “Your goal shouldn’t be to buy players. Your goal should be to buy wins. In order buy wins, you need to buy runs.”

  11. Lol, what? The Reds are the favorite? Come on, man.

  12. Now the Cardinals have a manager who can say the alphabet. I consider this an upgrade actually.

  13. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    Duncan is on a Leave of Absence, he’ll be back.  He missed half of last season too when the Cardinals were BETTER

    I thought TLR was a worthless overrated manager?

    Pujols is almost replaced with Beltran and a full season of Furcal>Theriot.

    McClellan/Jackson are more than made up for by the return of Wainwright.

    The bullpen is WAY better than the beginning of last year.  Addition by subtraction.  You won’t get the benefit of Franklin and Miller for 2 months.

    The Cardinals dealt with a lot of bad luck last year. Holliday, Craig, Freese all missing significant time.  They still finished what? 9 game ahead of the Reds. 

  14. All new management makes the players worse? So they lost Pujols? They gained Beltran. They are worlds better than the Reds. The Reds can’t stay healthy, they have an average bullpen, an average offense, and an average rotation. The Cardinals have a very good bullpen, rotation, and an extremely good lineup even without Pujols. You will be in for a big surprise if you think the Reds are the favorites.

  15. DT Flush234 4 years ago

    Plus the Cardinals farm is better than the Reds and the Cardinals have better depth in their bench. Shelby Miller, Carlos Martinez, Oscar Taveras, Kolten Wong, Zack Cox, Mat Adams, Tyrell Jenkins, Trevor Rosenthal etc…

  16. nelly33 4 years ago

    So Beltran and Pujols are interchangeable? Maybe in Tee-ball.  The Cardinals have Carpenter, who showed signs of decline last year.  Wainwright coming back from tommy john surgery and thats about it.  I would take Cueto, Latos, Leake, and Chapman over two wild cards in their rotation.

    Bruce will only improve from last year, as well as Stubbs.  Heisey would be very good if given the full time job.  They picked up two excellent 8th and 9th inning pitchers.  Madson will be motivated needing a new contract and the same with Sean Marshall.

  17. A Cardinals fan saying the Reds can’t stay healthy is the pot calling the kettle black.

  18. nathanalext 4 years ago

    The only clear cut advantage that the Cardinals have over the Reds is their rotation. 

  19. TophersReds 4 years ago

    Josh is being a little home grown here, but to say the Reds are average at everything is just wrong. Nobody is the clear pick.

    1. Average bullpen?
    (ERAs from 2011)Logan OndrusekRHP 3.23 ERAJose ArredondoRHP 3.23 ERABill Bray LHP 2.98 ERASam Lecure RHP 3.71 ERA (Spent the beginning of the year in the rotation)Nick Masset RHP 3.71 ERASean Marshall LHP 2.26 ERARyan Madson RHP 2.37 ERA

    2. Can’t stay helthy?
    The only person with major injury problems last year was Scott Rolen. That’s it, and he only batted .240, so wasn’t even helping much when he was playing. Minor injury problems with Cueto and Bailey, but they both came back for 2/3rds of the season.

    3. Average offense?
    Best offense in the NL in 2010, 2nd most runs scored in 2011.

    4. Average rotation?
    -Johnny Cueto had a 2.31 ERA in 156 innings.
    -Mat Latos had a 3.47 ERA in 194.1 innings. ERA under 2 in September when he was healthy again.
    -Mike Leake had a 3.86 ERA.
    -Bronson Arroyo had an ERA in the 5s, but also had mono the entire year. Expect closer to his 3.88 ERA with 215 IP in 2010 than his 2011 stats.
    -Aroldis Chapman/Homer Bailey: No real stats to use for Chapman as a starter, but could be a #2 if he figures it out. Bailey had a 4.43 ERA, which is a decent #5.

    The Reds didn’t lose any major pieces from 2010 or 2011. Please, enlighten me why the Cardinals or Brewers are so much better than the Reds.

  20. Shhhhh. The Reds are better because, you know, they are.

  21. Lastings 4 years ago

    Only problem is that the Rays traded Jaso months ago…

  22. Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

    Jaso was traded to the Mariners.

  23. DT Flush234 4 years ago

    Easy that just made my day.

  24. So Berkman had a fluke year based on what? Beltran won’t produce based on what? Even if the losses of Pujols and Jackson takes 5 wins away, the Reds still aren’t in first, buddy. Beltran played how many games last year, 130? 140? Get over yourself. The Reds aren’t going anywhere. You better hope they do though, because Votto is gone in a couple of years.

  25. Colin Christopher 4 years ago

    You DO know Beltran played over 140 games last season, right? And got on base at almost a .390 clip? If he’s shot, then the Reds may as well take 2/3 of their OF out back and shoot them too.

  26. DT Flush234 4 years ago

    The Giants are a fluke. The Cardinals are for real we won the World Series without our best pitcher he’s coming back next season may not be a 100% percent but is certainly an upgrade over Kmac or Jackson.

  27. Lucky or not, they won the World Series. Why would I keep dreaming anyway? I’m not even a Cardinals fan. Just a rational baseball fan that realizes the Reds are not that great of a team. And they haven’t even won in a postseason game in how long?

  28. DT Flush234 4 years ago

    Good luck Redlegs fan . Going to be a dog fight in the NL Central.

  29. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    It was a fluke but we made the playoffs with 90 wins and without our best pitcher. The year before the Reds had a whopping 91 win season and had huge career years up and down the roster. What did you call that?

  30. I don’t care if Pujols is gone, I’m not a Cards fan. Berkman had a bad year. What about the previous 10 years? Those are flukes too because he had a bad year?

  31. DT Flush234 4 years ago

    If Berkman gets hurt we have depth in our bench and in our Farm System with Mat Adams. Just a typhical Cocky Reds fan.

  32. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    Are you really calling a team that has won more WS than your team has playoff appearances in the last 10 years an “awful organization”?  haha  You are to the Cardinals what Century is to the Red Sox.

  33. DT Flush234 4 years ago

    Reds are a joke getting No Hit by Halladay in the postseason and getting swept. Cardinals beat the Phillies 3-2 and the last game was at Philly.

  34. Not a fluke, obviously. Lol.

  35. So the loss of Pujols isn’t that big of a deal because they got Beltran and Wainwright back.  However, if/when Votto leaves in a couple years the Reds will fall completely apart?!?

  36. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    Look closer at the nuimbers from Carpenter.  He had a rough start to the year (mostly bad luck) and finished the year very strong.  He may decline a little but he is still a brilliant number 2 starter.

  37. I never said they would fall apart at all.

  38. For the third time, I’m not a Cards fan.

  39. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    Pujols had a 5.1 WAR last year.

    Adding Beltran to the line-up.  A full season of Furcal>Theriot.  Wainwright>McClellan/Jackson.  The mess that was the bullpen at the beginning of the year being a strength for the team now.  I would say the team is just as strong.

  40. DT Flush234 4 years ago

    Might have been. But Carpenter was on fire in that game.

  41. Oh my God. Keep it coming. Laughs are always a plus.

  42. You implied that by saying they better win now because he will be gone in a couple of years.

  43. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    You are saying a team that just won the Worls Series and has owned their division for years is run awful.  Yep, I’m “unintelligent” Seems your feeling have been hurt

  44. DT Flush234 4 years ago

    If not better with a RH Relief upgrade. Plus they have the Trade Deadline if they need insurance.

  45. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    Cards do something good for years, Fluke! 
     Reds do something once, no fluke and they are all due to bounce back! Got it.  I believe they call people like you a “hater”

  46. Al Gore thinks this argument is settled.

  47. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    I actually like the Reds chances this year and think it will be a good race.  You’re making yourself look like a fool though and showing your hatred.  I’ve actually laughed out loud at some of your posts.

  48. Trololololol.

  49. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    haha.  So this is what happens when one team dominates you for so long huh?

  50. I think that @sshat is a better term.

  51. “Not a World Series team.”

    Won the World Series.

    Okay, then.

  52. brstreet9 4 years ago

    Funny. “They would have gotten destroyed by someone like the Yankees”, who actually got beat by Detroit, who in turn got steamrolled by Texas, who then got beat by STL. You can put any kind of spin on it you want, but the facts are that STL won the WS, “fluke” or not.

  53. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    Century’s brother is a Reds fan.

  54. MetsMagic 4 years ago

    You think the CUBS are better than Cardinals – Pujols + Beltran & Wainright and whatever prospects they bring up? I think the Reds would win the division, but you make me hope they don’t. 

  55. Trent Kline 4 years ago

    as a Reds fan, you are embarrassing us all. Quit whining that the Cards won it all last year. Trust me, I was just as mad as you are about it, but it’s life. For whatever reason franchises like the Cardinals win titles in years where you would never expect it, i.e. last year. You can hate the Cards, lord knows I do, but the things you are saying are just ignorant and stupid. They are a very strong organization, and have proven that for many years.

    I would like to think the Reds are a slight favorite to win the division, if the pieces fall into place as Walt is certainly hoping. However, if Wainwright comes back and pitches to his pre-TJ potential, then this is likely a dog-fight for the division. Say what you want about Beltran not staying healthy, but even without him, Berkman-Holiday-Freese is just as strong as Votto-Bruce-Phillips or Heisey or whoever else we may sign or trade for to play left field.

    So please do us a favor and just stop making us all look so dumb.


    A realistic Reds Fan.

  56. How does third place feel? I guess good for the Reds because they aren’t ever expected to do anything. Losers for 20 years! Cards a fluke, 2 rings in 5 years. Reds, no rings in 20.

  57. nathanalext 4 years ago

    Give up before you fall too far behind.

    A Reds Fan

  58. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    Remember 2008 when he put up the best WAR of his career?

  59. At least if you’re a Reds fan you can’t ever be let down.

  60. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    It’s rough when you have to go through an entire winter knowing your team just won the World Series.  Feel lucky you don’t have to deal with all the pressure.

  61. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    and in a post above you were talking about how Rolen will be back for the Reds.  So injury prone Cardinals will all be hurt next year.  Injury prone Reds will all return to form and have solid seasons.  Guess we’ll see if that’s enough.

  62. MetsMagic 4 years ago

    Yeah, Beltran is a joke, he played 142 games so that means he MUST play 90 at most. Good logic. 

    I’m sure Cards fans are terrified of Berkman “returning to form”. His .296/.409/.545 career line is god awful, he’s an AAAA player at best. 

  63. You’ll be in trouble if you do not vote for Ron Paul, you must not understand the state of our country is in.

  64. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    I deal with your kind a lot.  You are talking about how the Cardinals are in trouble because they lost Pujols.  I bet you would be rambling on about how the Cardinals are in trouble because they can’t afford anyone if they had signed him.

    The Cardinals have a strong minor league system, a solid core, and a lot of money coming off the books next season.  I have no fear of the Cardinals falling off the map.  Will they win the division next year? I have no clue.  But, we’ll be here for years to come, folk.

  65. Well said!!  I’m not saying the Reds are Light years ahead of the Cards or the Brew Crew.  The Reds have not lost anyone substaintial from the 2010 team that won the division and they added several very good arms to their staff.  The Cards and Brew Crew both lost very good 1st basemen but also plugged in some players with very good potential if they stay healthy.  This will be a heated race for the central this year between these three.  Lets hope for a healthy season from everyone so we can see who the best team is, hopefully its my Redlegs!

  66. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    It’s a stretch for you that want it to be a stretch.  To those that understand the team concept, it’s really not hard to figure out.

    The 2012 Opening Day Cardinals are better than the 2011 Opening Day Cardinals.

  67. Colin Christopher 4 years ago

    Fun fact – Peter Brand was supposed to be named “Paul DePodesta,” who DOES actually exist.

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