Update: Jon Heyman tweets that the deal is worth $1.75M and that it is an MLB deal.
The Cubs have signed 28 year old catcher Dioner Navarro to a contract. Terms are undisclosed. Obviously it benefits the Cubs and there roster situation if this is a minor league deal, but right now that is unknown.
I'll write more as we get details but Navarro would be the veteran the Cubs have been looking to back up Welington Castillo.
I had previously defined Navarro as an excellent defensive catcher but that is probably an exaggeration. He does have good athleticism back there and tat combined with a strong arm make him a solid backup defensively. At the plate, he has solid contact skills. He's a switch hitter who, like Clevenger, could spell Castillo against some tough RH matchups. He hit .327 last year as a lefty, though it was a short sample size (49 ABs). He has been slightly better as a RH hitter in his career.
He was once a top prospect but obviously has not lived up to expectations. Still, his catch and throw skills are a plus and he'll be an asset in a limited role, and perhaps maybe even as a mentor to the improving Castillo, making him a protypical backup.
Not sure what this means for Clevenger yet but he's likely ticketed for AAA and will serve as the 3rd catcher.
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