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30 Dioner Navarro C
Height/Weight: 5-10/189 | Birthdate: 2/9/1984 | Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Toronto | College: No College | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: $1,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 14/9 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Orioles inquired about Blue Jays' Navarro late in spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Orioles inquired about Blue Jays backup catcher Dioner Navarro late in spring training, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Navarro has asked to be traded since the team signed Russell Martin in the offseason, and the Blue Jays seem accommodating. However, Toronto has said it will only consider trading Navarro if a team has a starting job for him. 

While the Orioles are using the catcher tandem of Caleb Jospeh and Ryan Lavarnway, they counting on the return of Matt Wieters, who is on the 15-day disabled list due to an elbow injury.


Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak back in the lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak will return to the lineup Monday, allowing Edwin Encarnacion to move to designated hitter and pushing Dioner Navarro to the bench, the team announced.

Smoak, who will hit sixth in the order, has started three games so far this season and is hitting .273 with a double in 12 plate appearances.  

The Blue Jays are currently the favorites (-140) over the Rays Monday.


Anthopoulos: Blue Jays will continue to field trade offers for Navarro


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) General manager Alex Anthopoulos said the Blue Jays will continue to field trade offers for catcher Dioner Navarro, but it doesn't appear anything is imminent, per Sportsnet.ca.

“If we have any trade discussions on anybody, that’s not something we’re going to advertise," he said. "But like I said, if there’s an opportunity to get him an everyday job we’ll look to do that, same thing we said in spring training. If that doesn’t present itself, we’re thrilled to have him. He’s a great player that makes us a lot stronger and we’re deep having him on the team.”


Blue Jays' Dioner Navarro in starting lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro is in the starting lineup Sunday, batting sixth and serving as the team's designated hitter against the Orioles.

It'll be the third start of the season for Navarro, who is 2 for 8 with a double and three RBI this season. Justin Smoak takes a seat Sunday after starting at first base the previous day.

The Blue Jays are underdogs (+100) against the Orioles in Baltimore Sunday.


Blue Jays C Dioner Navarro drives in three runs in win over Orioles


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro went 1 for 4 in Friday afternoon's 12-5 win over the Orioles. 

However, Navarro's lone hit of the game went for a two-run double in the top of the first inning. Navarro notched his third RBI with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. 

This was only the second game Navarro's appeared in this season. His three RBI were the first he's recorded this year, too. 


Josh Thole's demotion impacts Blue Jays roster, catcher rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) The Blue Jays announced Tuesday catcher Josh Thole was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. Thole's demotion means Russell Martin will be knuckleballer R.A. Dickey's personal catcher, per MLB.com.

Thole's demotion also means Dioner Navarro, who has asked for a trade, will be the backup catcher and get some at-bats at DH.


Red Sox considering Swihart, haven't asked Jays about Navarro


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) The Red Sox will give catching prospect Blake Swihart an extended look over the final week of spring training to determine whether to give him a spot on the Opening Day roster, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

Christian Vazquez was projected to be the team's starting catcher coming into spring training but is dealing with an elbow injury that may require Tommy John surgery. Despite the need at the catcher position, the Red Sox have not yet called the Blue Jays to inquire about No. 2 catcher Dioner Navarro, who has asked to be traded and is carrying a $5-million salary for 2015.


Stewart: D-Backs can't afford to trade for Dioner Navarro


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Monday trading for Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro is not a possibility because the team can't afford to add Navarro's salary to the payroll, per MLB.com. Navarro, who has asked to be traded, is set to make $5 million in 2015.

Dioner Navarro returns to Blue Jays' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro returned to the lineup, after being sidelined since Tuesday with a sore knee. 

Navarro played designated hitter and batted cleanup for the Jays. He struck out in the first, drove in a run with a bases-loaded single in the third, and was lifted for a pinch runner after leading off the seventh with a single. 

Overall, Navarro was 2-for-4 with a run and RBI. 

MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm said he's still a few days away from playing catcher again. 


Dioner Navarro takes BP for Blue Jays, Edwin Encarnacion to swing on Tuesday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Catcher Dioner Navarro, out since Tuesday with a minor knee problem, was able to take batting practice for the Blue Jays on Saturday, according to ESPN's Enrique Rojas

First baseman Edwin Encarnacion, also out since Tuesday, is expected to take swings on Tuesday. Encarnacion has been sidelined with an inflamation in his lower back. 


Jays' Dioner Navarro to miss Tuesday's game due to knee issue


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro recently tweaked his knee, which will keep him out of Tuesday's lineup, reports Sportsnet.

Despite the injury, manager John Gibbons said it is not serious.


Agent: Dioner Navarro drawing interest from Diamondbacks, Tigers


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro has made it clear he doesn't want to be a backup this season in Toronto. Because of that, the team is trying to make a move to suit the veteran, which may involve the Diamondbacks or Tigers.

"My agent (Melvin Roman) told me both Arizona and Detroit have interest," Navarro said to the Toronto Sun.

The Diamondbacks are currently working out a handful of catchers and could use some help in the field.

"I want to play every day," Navarro said. "I don't want to be a back-up. I know I can help this team (Blue Jays)."


Blue Jays GM will try to accommodate Dioner Navarro's trade request


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Tuesday he will try to accommodate catcher Dioner Navarro's request to be traded. Although, he indicated it could take a while.

Navarro has expressed his desire to be traded since Toronto signed Russell Martin in the offseason.


Blue Jays' Dioner Navarro hoping for trade to play every day


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Blue Jays backup catcher Dioner Navarro is aware the team is looking to deal him. He's made it publicly known he also wouldn't mind getting dealt to another team.

"Up to today (a trade) is still my goal," said Navarro, according to sportsnet.ca. "I'd like to go to a place where I can play every day, because I already know that I can do it. There was doubt on myself last year and I felt strong throughout the whole season, I think I did a pretty good job. I signed a two-year deal here to catch every day and unfortunately they felt they needed to make a move. I just would like to play every day somewhere."

The Blue Jays acquired Russell Martin this offseason, pushing Navarro into a backup role, with the chance to spell slugger Edwin Encarnacion in the DH spot. He feels he's been put in a difficult situation.

"Obviously it is," he said. "I think I put myself in a really good position last year and I expressed throughout the whole year last year how grateful I was with the Blue Jays for giving me the opportunity, and I don’t  know where or if anything did go wrong. I’m a pro, I’m going to do my job, I’m going to be ready for whatever and see what happens."

Navarro hit .274 in 2014 with 12 home runs and 69 RBI in 481 plate appearances.


Gibbons: Encarnacion starting 1B, three vying for at-bats at DH


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed Monday veteran Edwin Encarnacion will remain the starting first baseman. However, Gibbons added the 32-year-old slugger will get some games at DH to help avoid any issues with his back.

Gibbons also said Justin Smoak, Danny Valencia and Dioner Navarro are the top candidates for playing time at DH.


Blue Jays planning days off for Edwin Encarnacion in 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) The Blue Jays are expecting to utilize Edwin Encarnacion as a designated hitter in 2015 instead of full-time at first base, manager John Gibbons said Friday. Gibbons wants to prevent Encarnacion from suffering injuries as much as possible this season, according to the Toronto Sun.

"We'll be looking to give Encarnacion time off anyway to prevent a recurrence of the back problems that he had last season," said Gibbons. "It’s important to nip that in the bud."

If catcher Dioner Navarro is not traded, it is likely that Encarnacion will play some first so that Navarro can DH and newly signed Russell Martin can catch.


Report: Tigers discussed Dioner Navarro with Blue Jays


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/9/2015) The Tigers have had discussions about acquiring switch-hitting catcher Dioner Navarro from the Blue Jays, reports SportsNet. Navarro is Toronto's top trade asset and the team "has signalled it won't move him unless it gets a pitcher in return," the report said.

Detroit is looking for another bat with DH Victor Martinez slated to undergo knee surgery Tuesday.

Navarro batted .274 with 12 homers and 69 RBI in 481 at-bats last year.


Blue Jays still looking to trade Dioner Navarro, expect him for camp


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) While the Blue Jays have reportedly been shopping catcher Dioner Navarro, the team is expecting to see him when spring training begins in a couple of weeks, general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday.

"Yes, I would think barring something unforeseen, I would fully expect him in camp," Anthopoulos said.

Navarro, who will make $5 million in 2015 and become a free agent after the season, is expected to back up newly acquired Russell Martin when the season begins. He could also be in a role as the designated hitter along with Justin Smoak and Edwin Encarnacion.

"We'll go from there with either Navarro and how we play Smoak, if he's the guy," manager John Gibbons said. "We'll have a better idea six weeks from now."


Report: D-Backs, Blue Jays don't get far in Navarro trade talks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) The Diamondbacks inquired about Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro, but talks didn't progress much beyond that, sources told FOX Sports. Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart indicated in December that Navarro could be an option for Arizona after dealing catcher Miguel Montero to the Cubs.

Navarro has been seeking a trade from Toronto since the Blue Jays signed catcher Russell Martin to a five-year deal in November.


Stewart: Alex Avila, Dioner Navarro could be fits for Diamondbacks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Wednesday that Tigers catcher Alex Avila or Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro could be fits with the team in potential trade scenarios, the Arizona Republic reports.

The Diamondbacks moved on from Miguel Montero this week, sending the catcher to the Cubs, and Avila or Navarro could end up behind the plate as Montero's successor. The Blue Jays are likely willing to part ways with Navarro after signing Russell Martin earlier this offseason.


Navarro seeks trade from Blue Jays in wake of Martin signing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro has expressed his interest in being traded after Toronto signed catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Jays countered Navarro's request by telling him they could get him decent playing time between DH and catcher. However, Navarro prefers a full-time catching job.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday he is open to trading Navarro and wouldn't be surprised if a trade takes place, according to Sportsnet.ca. However, Navarro said he understands if a trade doesn't happen.


Report: Blue Jays getting trade interest for catcher Navarro


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Blue Jays are drawing trade interest in catcher Dioner Navarro in the wake of Toronto signing catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract, sources told FOX Sports. 

The Blue Jays appear willing to move Navarro to fill other needs, but they could keep him as a backup to Martin and use him at DH as well.

Navarro, who signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Blue Jays last offseason, played in a career-high 139 games in 2014. He hit .274 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 69 RBI.


Dioner Navarro returns Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro returned to the starting lineup Friday.

Navarro sat Thursday after a bout of dizziness. He missed two games due to the issue. Navarro is hitting .281/.323/.409 over 455 at-bats. 


Dizziness causes Dioner Navarro scratch Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) A bout with dizziness that prevented Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro from playing Wednesday has also kept him out of the lineup Thursday night against the Yankees. Josh Thole is set to start instead.

Navarro owns a stat line of .282/.324/.410.


Slumping Dioner Navarro out of Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro will not be crouching behind the plate to start the Wednesday night game against Baltimore. Eric Thames is starting instread.

Navarro is in a 1-for-15 slide, but still has 68 RBI and .410 slugging percentage on the year.