Aug 1, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) slides safely past Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro (30) during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Twins showing interest in catcher Dioner Navarro


The Minnesota Twins made the cautious decision to move All-Star catcher Joe Mauer to first base permanently this offseason, a move that should prolong the career of the former backstop. Of course, that leaves Minnesota with a pretty large hole, one they’re potentially looking to fill with Dioner Navarro.

Navarro, who most recently was with the Cubs was a bit of a late bloomer, though has produced solid offensive numbers in Chicago and could be a cheap source of solid defense and decent offensive numbers behind the dish:

According to a major league general manager closely monitoring the situation, the Twins are one of about five teams pursuing Dioner Navarro.

Set to turn 30 in February, Navarro posted career highs of 13 home runs and an .856 combined on-base/slugging percentage this season for the Chicago Cubs, earning $1.75 million in base salary. His largest single-season salary in a 10-year big-league career has been $2.1 million.

With both Brian McCann and Carlos Ruiz signed, the catcher market isn’t exactly overflowing and Navarro is one of the better available catchers left.

By no means is Navarro a pretty signing, but he could certainly be a useful one for the Twins.

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