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Reds sign Navarro to minor-league deal

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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Comments

Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:50 am
 

Reds sign Navarro to minor-league deal

Solid signing actually



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:45 pm
 

Reds sign Navarro to minor-league deal

got their LF!



Since: Nov 19, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:03 pm
 

Reds sign Navarro to minor-league deal

No offense, but wasted money Walt. Reds need a LF and backup SS first...


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