Big man catcher Dioner Navarro had a career year with the Chicago Cubs in 2013 and is now looking for a starting catchers gig with another squad.
While backing up Welington Castillo for the year in Chicago, Navarro and his bat came through for the Cubbies. There were back to back games where he had pinch hit home runs and he had that huge game against the Chicago White Sox where he launched three long balls and six or so RBI’s.
It was pretty obvious that he wasn’t going to return to the Cubs and the Cubs knew he would want big money and be their primary catcher. With the franchise deciding to roll with Welington Castillo, Navarro’s door with the Cubs has closed.
There’s a couple teams who are currently interested in Navarro but one happens to stand out. According to Scott Lauber on Twitter, the Boston Red Sox see Navarro as a ‘fallback’ option if they can’t bring in Brian McCann.
I figured Jarrod Saltalamacchia would be their fallback option, but Saltalamacchia wants to be with a team who offers the most security and that may not be the World Champions.
Navarro batted .300/.365/.492 across the line with 13 home runs and 34 RBI’s.
#RedSox regard Dioner Navarro as more of fallback option if other free agent catcher dominoes don’t fall their way
— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) November 20, 2013