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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3 years 7 months ago

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

letsgogiants
3 years 7 months 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…

bonds2425
3 years 7 months ago

What are the dodgers going to do!?

Gumby65
3 years 7 months 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.

theobi11111
3 years 7 months ago

Save some money for Ankeil!

joeybw
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

Josh B. is a fiesty one.

NiceGamePrettyBoy
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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.

3 years 7 months ago

Was he the one that got in the fight with Matt Garza?

3 years 7 months ago

Yes it is. And he left the Rays during the playoffs also. Dodgers dumped him due to poor work effort.

MetsMagic
3 years 7 months ago

But he was an All-Star! 

Gumby65
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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.

3 years 7 months ago

Best lefty reliever in baseball? Eric O’Flaherty says hello.

3 years 7 months ago

Thats a good point. Should have said one of the best.

DT Flush234
3 years 7 months ago

Why? Reds are still not favorites.

DT Flush234
3 years 7 months 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.”

3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months 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. 

3 years 7 months ago

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.

DT Flush234
3 years 7 months 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…

nelly33
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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

nathanalext
3 years 7 months ago

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

TophersReds
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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

Lastings
3 years 7 months ago

Only problem is that the Rays traded Jaso months ago…

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 7 months ago

Jaso was traded to the Mariners.

DT Flush234
3 years 7 months ago

Easy that just made my day.

3 years 7 months ago

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.

Colin Christopher
3 years 7 months 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.

DT Flush234
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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?

DT Flush234
3 years 7 months ago

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

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months 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?

3 years 7 months ago

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?

DT Flush234
3 years 7 months 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.

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months 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.

DT Flush234
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

Not a fluke, obviously. Lol.

3 years 7 months ago

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?!?

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

I never said they would fall apart at all.

3 years 7 months ago

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

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months 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.

DT Flush234
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months 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

DT Flush234
3 years 7 months ago

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

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months 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”

3 years 7 months ago

Al Gore thinks this argument is settled.

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

Trololololol.

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

I think that @sshat is a better term.

3 years 7 months ago

“Not a World Series team.”

Won the World Series.

Okay, then.

brstreet9
3 years 7 months 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.

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months ago

^^^^^^^
Century’s brother is a Reds fan.

MetsMagic
3 years 7 months 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. 

Trent Kline
3 years 7 months 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.

Sincerely,

A realistic Reds Fan.

3 years 7 months ago

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.

nathanalext
3 years 7 months ago

Give up before you fall too far behind.

Sincerely, 
A Reds Fan

wickedkevin
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

Source?

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months 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.

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months 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.

MetsMagic
3 years 7 months 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. 

3 years 7 months ago

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

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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!

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months 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.

Colin Christopher
3 years 7 months ago

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