Catching market thins out as Blue Jays agree with Dioner Navarro

Rob Bradford
December 02, 2013 - 5:25 am

According to, the Blue Jays have come to an agreement for a two-year, $8 million deal with catcher Dioner Navarro. The switch-hitting Navarro served as a backup catcher for the Cubs in 2013, hitting .300 with 13 home runs and an .856 OPS in 89 games. The 29-year-old hasn't seen regular playing time since he served as Tampa Bay's starter in '09. Navarro figures to supplant J.P. Arencibia as Toronto's starter, with Josh Thole slated to serve as knuckleballer R.A. Dickey's personal catcher. If tendered a contract, Arencibia figures to make more than $2 million in '14. With Navarro off the market, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and A.J. Pierzynski are left as the last two free agent catchers who would be thought as as regulars. The White Sox, Twins and Red Sox are thought to be in the mix for a starting backstop.