News broke this afternoon that the Chicago Cubs had signed catcher Dioner Navarro. My buddies at Cubs Den said:
...Navarro would be the veteran the Cubs have been looking to back up Welington Castillo.And our friends at World Series Dreaming said:
Navarro is an excellent defensive catcher with a good arm and solid contact skills at the plate.
Based on what we know of Navarro he's probably as good as or better than Clevenger would be anyway. Most likely inexpensive. Details to come but wouldn't be surprised if it was a minor league/spring training invite type of thing.But as a fan of the Tampa Bay Rays since Dioner Navarro's MLB debut, I can say with conviction that Navarro is neither a good hitter nor a good defender -- and if the reports of a $1.75 million MLB deal are true, then the Cubs unfortunately overpaid for him.