The Indians have released catcher Dioner Navarro, Baseball America’s Kegan Lowe reports. Navarro signed a minor league deal with the Tribe last winter, and hit .211/.339/.274 over 115 plate appearances (in 29 games) for Triple-A Columbus.
It marked a return to affiliated baseball for Navarro, who sat out the 2017 season entirely due to family health reasons and whose 2018 action was limited to 20 games with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League and 22 games in the Venezuelan Winter League. He’ll turn 36 in February, and seems to be in line for another minors contract this offseason in another veteran depth role.
Navarro hit .250/.309/.370 over 3351 Major League plate appearances for seven different teams from 2004-16. The bulk (458) of his 1009 games came with the Rays, a stint that included an All-Star Game selection in 2008, though Navarro also saw regular or semi-regular duty as a member of the Dodgers, Cubs, and Blue Jays.