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2/9/1984 (33 y, 16 d)
$4M / 1 Years (2016)
Navarro is just 3-for-26 (.115) with three walks and six strikeouts in September. (9/26/2016)
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Year in Review:
Coming off an All-Star season, Navarro – formerly a top prospect for multiple organizations – absolutely fell apart. First and foremost, Navarro’s plate discipline went missing. In the past, Navarro showed a willingness to take a walk and held off swinging at pitches outside of the zone. In 2009… forget about it. His O-Swing jumped from 23% to 28%, his walk rate fell from the 7-8% range down to 4.6% and his BABIP fell well below career averages. Some of his poor season is attributable to poor luck, but the truth is even when Navarro did make contact he wasn’t able to drive the ball. Even Navarro’s defense suffered, including overthrowing both of his 6’3”+ middle infielders during the course of one game.
The Year Ahead:
At one point last year, Navarro actually struck out on a pitch that essentially bounced off the plate. In order to regain a starting position – or at least most of the playing time – he’s going to have to get back to the basics of his game: walking and slap-hitting when he can. The floor was hit last year, so it seems unlikely that Navarro’s stock drops any further. His value is minimal in most leagues since he’s not going to hit for much average, power, or drive in many runs. The presence of Kelly Shoppach will also negatively impact Navarro’s playing time. (R.J. Anderson)
For the second year in a row, Navarro made Joe Maddon's glasses fog up by showing absolutely nothing at the plate. Since putting up a .330 wOBA in 470 plate appearances for the Rays as a 24-year-old back in 2008, the switch-hitter has barely hit his weight with a .212/.263/.306 triple-slash and a .254 wOBA in 552 PA. That wOBA is dead last among all MLB hitters with at least 500 trips to the plate over the past two seasons. Some of Navarro's godawful offensive numbers might be due to bad luck -- he had a .231 BABIP in 2009 and a .223 mark this past year, compared to a .273 career average -- but he's really slow (2.5 career Speed Score) and he pops the ball up a lot (12.9% infield fly-ball rate; 7-8% MLB average). Considering his ordinary plate patience and absence of power, Navarro's still a lousy hitter even with a few more balls falling for hits. Non-tendered by Tampa, he latched back on with the Dodgers and will battle A.J. Ellis for the right to back up Rod Barajas. That Navarro might not outhit the retiring Brad Ausmus tells you all you need to know about his fantasy worth. (David Golebiewski)
The Quick Opinion:
Navarro's greatest contribution to the 2010 Rays came during the playoffs... when he was left off the roster and decided to chill at home rather than sit in the dugout. He's just 27, but Navarro could be spending a lot more time on the couch if he doesn't show something in L.A. this year.
Two cheeseburgers shy of being a Molina brother, Navarro has as much trouble batting his weight as he will landing a job in 2012. His average has been below the Mendoza line for the last two seasons and with minimal power, no speed and a weak OBP, numerous teams and fantasy owners will surely overlook him this year. And that’s not a bad idea. (Howard Bender)
With a new two-year deal from Toronto, Navarro moves on to his seventh team in 10 years, but has more intriguing potential now than he has at any other point in his big league career. As he's gotten older, his plate discipline has continued to improve with better walk and strikeout rates, but 2013 also saw a significant increase of power as he belted 13 home runs in just 266 plate appearances for a career-best .192 isolated slugging percentage. Though that power seemed to come from nowhere, he has actually been improving his power peripherals for three years running. Now, with a move to hitter-friendly Toronto and an apparent starting job, there's reason to believe that he can continue to hit for power and be a decent low to mid-level option behind the plate, depending on how much or how little you want to invest at the position. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
A move to hitter-friendly Toronto and a starting job for the Jays gives hope that Navarro can continue to hit for the power he displayed during his 2013 breakthrough season. Surprising? Yes. But the handwriting was certainly on the wall; enough to believe that 2013 wasn't a complete fluke. Look for him in the later rounds as many will still overlook him in drafts.
There was almost no chance that Dioner Navarro was going to repeat anything like his 2013 offensive performance with the Cubs. His 2014 with the Jays, considered in hits own right, was decent, particularly relatively to his paycheck. Maybe .274/.317/.395 from a catcher does not a superstar make, but these days that is actually about league average production (aka good for a catcher). He is not a defensive wizard, but he does not kill a team back there. Plus, he played in 139 games for the Jays in 2014, an impressive feat for a catcher these days. The Blue Jays (rightly) saw Russell Martin as an upgrade, and signed the former Pirate. This puts Navarro in limbo. If the Jays keep Navarro around, he becomes a high-end backup catcher, useful to have, but not something teams generally spend $5 million on. If he is still in a backup role, he has very little value outside of very deep AL-only leagues. However, if Navarro gets traded into a situation in which he is the primary starter, he is a decent fantasy performer for the position. He is not a walks machine, but he is not Sal Perez, and Navarro makes contact well. His power is good enough -- in a full-time role he will hit double digit homers. Something like a .270 batting average is reasonable. Watch his job status leading up to the draft. If he is a team's primary catcher, he is not a top performer, but is definitely draftable in almost all leagues. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Navarro is a decent catcher in most fantasy formats. The main issue at the moment is his job status. If he gets traded into a situation in which he is the primary starter, he is a useful starter in most leagues.
An upgrade is an upgrade, and although Dioner Navarro put up a respectable performance at catcher for the Blue Jays in 2014, Toronto did not hesitate to upgrade after that season by signing Russell Martin. Navarro stayed in Toronto in a backup role, and filled it adequately enough by backup catcher standards. By his own previous standards, it was a poor season, as he hit just .236/.307/.374. However, it was over just 192 plate appearances, a small sample size subject to all the usual fluctuations. Navarro is a decent if uninspiring hitter for a catcher. He does a good job making contact, has an acceptable walk rate, decent power, and over a full season of playing time can probably hit double digit home runs. Navarro's projection is in the area of .260/.320/.400, which is good enough for most catchers. The issue, as with last season, is playing time. Navarro signed with the White Sox, who also acquired Alex Avila. They project to have roughly equal offensive value, and will be battling for playing time this Spring. If Navarro comes out as the clear starter, he could have value as a middle of the road starting catcher in deep leagues. More likely, he will be splitting time, which makes him more of a number two catcher in deep AL-only leagues. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Dioner Navarro hits well enough to be an acceptable option as a catcher in many leagues. This year, as last, the problem will be playing time, which limits his value.
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Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 3:34 AM ET
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