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Dodgers add Navarro

Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:42 pm
Dioner Navarro The Dodgers will add Dioner Navarro as their backup catcher, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times tweets.

The team recently signed Rod Barajas to be its starter, so adding Navarro pretty much cements their catching spot and is yet another sign Russell Martin is done in Los Angeles -- not that that is much of a surprise at this point.

Navarro hit .194/.270/.258 with one home run for the Rays last season and was non-tendered. Navarro played for the Dodgers in 2005 and 2006.

Navarro wasn't on the Rays' playoff roster last season and instead of sticking around his team, he headed home to far away South Tampa The team had asked him to stick around and help catch pitchers and be ready if there was an injury. Let's just say, Dioner wasn't the most popular person in the Rays' clubhouse after that (or before it, really). That said, he can't hit with the best of them, but he can bend down and catch a ball thrown at him, which is a marketable skill these days.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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