Fantasy Baseball Impact: Dioner Navarro signs with Toronto Blue Jays

Sep 14, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro (30) reacts after swinging at a strike against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

According to multiple reports including one from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, catcher Dioner Navarro has reached a two-year, $8 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will return to the AL East after bouncing around the National League the last three seasons.

Navarro is expected to be the primary catcher for Toronto meaning J.P. Arencibia will most likely be moved in a trade. Arencibia was a high-power, low-average option at catches and Navarro is the opposite in many ways.

Sep 13, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro (30) gestures into the dugout against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. The Chicago Cubs won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Navarro is coming off a well above-average year this past season in which he hit a career-high 13 home runs despite playing in only 89 games. He also managed to hit .300 in those games with 34 RBI, only 36 K’s, and a solid OPS of .856. Expecting him to duplicate those numbers is probably optimistic, but he is moving to a hitter-friendly park and should be a regular part of a relatively solid lineup.

He should enjoy his new home ballpark since he’s fared well there in the past. In 101 AB’s he had a .298 average at Rogers Centre with three doubles and a home run to go with seven RBI.

Navarro is decent backstop option as long as he is the regular starter in Toronto. He isn’t an elite catcher you have to go after early, but if you find yourself looking at catching options late make sure to check if he’s available. If he can stay healthy and make a full season’s worth of starts, I think he’ll be a top-12 catcher.

 

Topics: Dioner Navarro, Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball C, J.P. Arencibia, MLB Offseason, Toronto Blue Jays

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  • david s

    Praise be.

    • Zach Thompson

      praise from a Jays fan? or just generic praise…

      • david s

        Praise from a Jays fan. Navarro is the new backup catcher. There is more to come. JP must be clear by now that he is totally out from the club. AA will get another catcher who will be the first stringer; however, even Navarro is better than Arencibia. I am just glad that the acquisitions are beginning.

        • Zach Thompson

          who would U target to platoon with Navarro? I think he may be your starting catcher with Josh Thole catching RA Dickey.

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