Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:09 pm
By Matt Snyder
The Cincinnati Reds have signed free agent catcher Dioner Navarro to a one-year, minor-league contract worth $800,000 -- with up to $200,000 available in incentives -- CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman reports.
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Navarro, 27, was an All-Star for the Rays in 2008 but has fallen apart since then. He hit just .193/.276/.324 with five homers in 202 plate appearances last season for the Dodgers. In 754 plate appearances since 2008, Navarro is hitting .207/.267/.311.
It would appear Navarro is an insurance policy for the Reds. Highly-touted prospect Devin Mesoraco will get a shot quite soon and the Reds also have Ryan Hanigan. If it's decided in spring training that Mesoraco needs more time in the minors -- or he struggles in the majors and needs a demotion to regain his confidence -- Navarro and Hanigan could split time. It should be noted that Navarro is a switch hitter while both Hanigan and Mesoraco are right-handed, so it's possible Navarro gets some platoon time against right-handers at some point in the season.
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Posted on: November 23, 2011 11:59 am
Edited on: November 24, 2011 12:26 am
By Matt Snyder
What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no waivers, no minor- or major-league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams.
It's late November. The awards have all been handed out. The Winter Meetings are in a few weeks. Pitchers and catchers don't report for almost three months. So it's the perfect time to kick off a fun little series. So we're starting the Homegrown series right now. We have a landing page that will be filled out as we move forward with the feature -- on which you can see the exact date we'll be posting each individual team.
What I love most about this series is that it has the potential to either enlighten or vindicate rabid fans in heated arguments. Large-market, big-spending teams are often attacked by opposing fans as simply trying to "buy championships" without having to develop their own talent. The biggest target is the Yankees, so what better team to start the series with?
The news is pretty good for the haters. You have been vindicated. This team would be ... well, you'll see.
1. Brett Gardner, LF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Alfonso Soriano, DH
5. Jesus Montero, 1B
6. Melky Cabrera, RF
7. Austin Jackson, CF
8. Francisco Cervelli, C
9. Eduardo Nunez, 3B
1. Ian Kennedy
2. Ivan Nova
3. Phil Hughes
4. Chien-Ming Wang
5. Jeff Karstens
Closer - Mariano Rivera
Set up - John Axford, David Robertson, Tyler Clippard, Mark Melancon, Joba Chamberlain
Long - Phil Coke? Jose Contreras?
Notable Bench Players
Jorge Posada, Dioner Navarro, Juan Rivera, Jose Tabata ... and that's about it. Unless Marcus Thames and Shelley Duncan get you excited.
That bullpen is sick. It would easily be the best in baseball, with any lead past the fifth inning seemingly being safe in the hands of Clippard, Robertson, Axford and Rivera.
Anything else. Nothing is horrible, but the lineup, defense and rotation leave a lot to be desired. What's worse, there's really no depth in case of injuries. They'd have to turn to either Coke or a minor leaguer (Dellin Betances?) in the rotation -- or convince Andy Pettitte to come out of retirement -- and Ramiro Pena is the only backup infielder. There are plenty of backup outfielders, but Tabata's really the only one with upside.
Comparison to real 2011
Well, let's see. The 2011 Yankees won 97 games en route to a division title and the best record in the American League. This team is mediocre at best. The bullpen is awesome, but how many leads would there be to protect? 75? There is an MVP candidate in Cano, but having Soriano as protection isn't near as cushy as he's used to. Since this is the first team in our 30-team series, we won't reveal many other specifics, but I can tell you that this Yankees team would probably finish fourth in the AL East. Thus, it's much worse than reality. I have no way of measuring this, but I do think this team is better than many Yankee-hating fans would have guessed. Lots of those act like the Yankees have never developed anyone. This isn't an awful collection, it's just not good.
Now, it's absolutely worth noting the Yankees lost lots of draft picks as compensation for signing free agents, so that's why they don't have any depth. But let's just remember this is supposed to be a fun exercise for the offseason.
Up next: San Diego Padres
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Posted on: August 27, 2011 3:46 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
We all know you're supposed to get three strikes before you're out -- but two may be enough for Dioner Navarro to be out of baseball.
The catcher was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Tuesday, not because of his .193/.276/.324 slash line, but because of his work ethic -- or lack of it, manager Don Mattingly told Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times.
"I believe you have to work and work and work, and that's if you're going good. I don't care who you are. Matt Kemp has to keep going, has to keep getting after it. I just believe in that," Mattingly said. "And at the position we were 11 games back, and he just wasn't fitting into what we believed in about how you go about your business."
This was apparently nothing new to the Dodgers -- or even the Rays before him.
Mattingly had approached Navarro several times about his attitude, he said.
"We were all up front," Mattingly told Dilbeck. "We didn't hide anything. We had talked about some of the issues we'd had awhile back, the way I felt about it. It got to a point where it was time."
It's the second year in a row Navarro's season ended with his manager and team unhappy with his attitude. Last season he wasn't included on the Rays' postseason roster, but when asked to stick around to help with the team's pitchers and help catch pitchers and be ready if there were any injuries, he declined. He instead retreated to his him -- in South Tampa -- and had no more contact with his team, drawing the ire of teammates and management alike. Tampa Bay non-tendered him after the season.
The Dodgers signed Navarro as a backup catcher in the offseason to serve behind Rod Barajas. Navarro started 54 games for Los Angeles, but the team finally had enough and called up A.J. Ellis to serve as the primary backup and let Navarro go on his way.
Navarro, 27, had his best season in 2008, hitting .295/.349/.407 in 120 games, receiving a bump to $2.1 million in 2009 and immediately seeing his production drop to .218/.261/.322 in 2009 and .194/.270/.258 last season.
A once promising player, Navarro now has a reputation as a slacker and a me-first player, something you never want, but is even less desirable behind the plate.
Earlier in his career Navarro hit well enough to justify a flyer on him, but with dwindling production and less-than-stellar reviews behind the plate, it may be tough for him to find work again next season.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: July 9, 2011 6:52 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 8:29 pm
Oh, so close for the Padres ... sort of.
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:42 pm
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.
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Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:28 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:37 am
The deadline to tender contracts was Thursday night at 11:59 p.m., and here's the players who were not tendered contracts and are now free agents:
A's: Edwin Encarnacion, Jack Cust, Travis Buck
Angels: Kevin Frandsen
Astros: Sammy Gervacio
Blue Jays: Jeremy Accardo, Fred Lewis
Braves: Matt Diaz
Brewers: Todd Coffey, Joe Inglett
Diamondbacks: Blaine Boyer, Ryan Church, Augie Ojeda, D.J. Carrasco
Dodgers: Russell Martin, George Sherrill, Trent Oeltjen
Giants: Eugenio Velez, Chris Ray
Mariners: Ryan Rowland-Smith
Marlins: Jose Veras, Ronny Paulino
Mets: Chris Carter, Sean Green, John Maine
Nationals: Wil Nieves, Joel Peralta, Chein-Ming Wang
Orioles: Matt Albers
Padres: Scott Hairston, Tony Gwynn Jr., Luis Perdomo, Matt Antonelli
Pirates: Lastings Milledge, Argenis Diaz, Donnie Veal, Brian Burres
Rangers: Dustin Nippert
Rays: Lance Cormier, Willy Aybar, Dioner Navarro, J.P. Howell
Red Sox: Hideki Okajima, Taylor Buchholz, Andrew Miller
Rockies: Manny Delcarmen
Royals: Josh Fields
Tigers: Zach Miner
White Sox: Bobby Jenks, Erick Threets
Yankees: Alfredo Aceves, Dustin Mosley
-- C. Trent RosecransFor more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
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Posted on: October 7, 2010 10:07 am
Edited on: October 7, 2010 10:26 am
In a serious case of sour grapes, Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro went home against the team's wishes after being told he wasn't going to be on the roster for the first round of the playoffs, according to the St. Petersburg Times. The Rays wanted Navarro to stay with the team and work out in case he's needed due to injury. Five other players not on the roster are with the team.
Navarro, an All-Star just two years ago, already appeared to be on the outs with the Rays after batting just .194 and spending much of the season at Triple-A. The Rays appear to be set at catcher with John Jaso and Kelly Shoppach.
But even if his Tampa Bay tenure is over, he wants to go out on that note rather than experience the playoffs with his teammates? Weak.
-- David Andriesen
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Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:54 pm
Aroldis Chapman continued to show shaky control in his new life as a reliever, hitting two batters and throwing two wild pitches Tuesday night against Durham for Triple-A Louisville.
The Cuban defector signed by the Reds in January for $30.25 million, has recently been moved to the bullpen for a possible call-up to Cincinnati after the All-Star break.
In three relief appearances, Chapman has allowed five runs -- four earned -- in 4 2/3 innings, striking out eight and walking one.
While batters are hitting just .200 off of him as a reliever and .242 overall, his control has been spotty, even with his fastball. Both of the batters he hit Tuesday night were hit by fastballs, and another pitch sailed over the head of a batter. He threw back-to-back wild pitches to score a runner.
Durham's Dan Johnson was hit with a 99 mph fastball in his elbow.
"I was an inch away from being done for the year," Johnson told the Durham Herald-Sun .
Johnson may consider himself lucky, Dioner Navarro was hit by a fastball Baseball America 's J.J. Cooper measured at 103 mph.
Wrote Cooper from the game:
Overall, Chapman took the loss and gave up four runs (three earned) while getting five outs, three via strikeout. He didn't have a lot of problems throwing strikes. Of his 40 pitches, 27 were strikes. He did have some problems with finishing off batters; both of the hits against him came on two-strike counts after hitters had fouled off previous two-strike fastballs. Chapman showed a slider that is a definite weapon, but he didn't seem completely comfortable using it late in the count.
Unlike his time as a starter, Chapman's velocity didn't vary much as a reliever. Of his 37 fastballs, 29 were thrown at 98 mph or better including one at 103, two at 101 and six at 100 mph. But when Chapman did miss, he missed badly. It's worth noting that Chapman showed the same hit-or-miss control in his bullpen warm-up. He showed several nasty sliders, but he also bounced a pitch that got away from the bullpen catcher and ended up rolling past the Bats' dugout.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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