Dioner Navarro
Dioner Navarro
36-Year-Old CatcherC
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Dioner Navarro in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Released by Cleveland in October of 2019.
Cut loose by Cleveland
CFree Agent  
October 11, 2019
Navarro was released by the Indians on Thursday, Kegan Lowe of Baseball America reports.
Navarro struggled at Triple-A Columbus in 2019, slashing .211/.339/.274 with one home run and 11 RBI over 30 games. The 35-year-old backstop figures to have limited interest on the open market after getting cut loose.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Dioner Navarro
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
August 28, 2016
Erik Siegrist looks at the AL free agent pool prior to September call-ups and finds a trio of veteran outfielders making a late push to save their seasons, including the Tigers' Justin Upton.
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks
August 20, 2016
Chris Bennett makes sure to get a piece of the Colorado offense at home against Mike Montgomery on Saturday, and there's no bigger piece than Nolan Arenado.
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Thursday Picks
August 18, 2016
Chris Bennett finds some good value for Thursday's Yahoo slate, including Detroit's Victor Martinez, who has an enticing matchup against Boston's Clay Buchholz.
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
August 14, 2016
Erik Siegrist reviews the waiver options in the AL and finds some young arms making names for themselves, including Astros starter Joe Musgrove.
DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks
July 18, 2016
RotoWire's Chris Olson likes the idea of stacking Orioles against Yankees starter Ivan Nova on Monday, with first baseman Chris Davis leading the way.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
After losing his job with the Blue Jays in 2015, Navarro began 2016 with the White Sox. He hit just .210/.267/.339 in 85 games for the South Siders before the Jays brought the catcher back in a late-August trade. Navarro, who had a career year as Toronto's backstop in 2014, was ineffective in his return north of the border, hitting .182/.250/.182 in limited action. His 21.3 percent strikeout rate was far and away the worst of his 12-year career, and the veteran's power numbers sunk to their lowest point since 2010. A major part of Navarro's problem was an inability to sit back on pitches, as he went just 18-for-135 (.133) against the off-speed stuff. It's an adjustment an experienced big leaguer should be able to make, but he obviously struggled finding a rhythm at the dish in 2016. At this point in his career, he is likely to remain a backup in 2017, regardless of where he ends up after hitting the open market again during the winter.
The former All-Star was a full-time starter at catcher for Toronto in 2014, logging a whopping 139 games played including 112 behind the plate. Despite hitting for a strong .274/.317/.395 slash line that season, the Blue Jays brought in Russell Martin on a massive deal in free agency. With diminished reps and an early season injury, Navarro hit for a .246/.307/.374 slash line in just 54 games last season, catching only 39 of those contests. Navarro is expected to be used in a platoon with left-handed hitting Alex Avila after signing with the White Sox in the offseason. He still has the potential to be a strong contributor both offensively and defensively. He threw out 39 percent of runners last season, putting him in the upper-echelon of defensive catchers.
Unlike in 2013, Navarro did not obliterate left-handed pitching last season, but he still finished with a strong .280/.324/.402 batting line against southpaws. He would fall one homer shy of his 2013 total despite playing in 50 more games (254 additional plate appearances), as his numbers against right-handed pitching also regressed (.708 OPS from .763), but Navarro easily set a career high in RBI, and his overall production put him in the top 10 among catchers in returned 5x5 rotisserie value. Despite the quality season from Navarro, the Blue Jays jumped at a chance to acquire an upgrade in November, inking Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract. That led to Navarro seeking a trade, and the team may very well oblige the 31-year-old. A move to a less hitter-friendly park and/or to a team with a less potent lineup may hurt his year-to-year numbers, but it would certainly improve his fantasy outlook for 2015.
Where did that come from? In nine years in the majors, including three as the everyday catcher in Tampa, Navarro never reached double digits in home runs, but he hit 13 dingers in just 234 at-bats in his first year with the Cubs. Navarro was able to parlay his career-best .856 OPS into a two-year deal with Toronto, and though he may be atop the Jays' depth chart at catcher, he's unlikely to repeat his career year.
Navarro spent most of the summer at Triple-A Louisville before a callup in August made him the Reds primary backup catcher behind Ryan Hanigan and hit well in a small sample upon reaching the majors. He signed with the Cubs in November and will battle Steve Clevenger for the backup spot behind Wellington Castillo.
Navarro had a second straight horrible season with the Rays, batting .194 and getting on base at only a .270 clip. These numbers were a far cry from 2008 when he hit .295 and was named an All-Star. After being left off the ALDS postseason roster, Navarro left the team which ended his days as a Ray. He signed on with the Dodgers and will complete for a backup catching position in the spring.
Navarro regressed last season after putting together an All-Star effort in 2008. He had offseason surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his elbow, which may have played a part in his dismal .583 OPS. The Rays aren't taking any chances this year, bringing in Kelly Shoppach to at least share the catching duties. Navarro is only 26, so a rebound wouldn't be surprising, but the presence of Shoppach significantly hurts his chances.
Navarro broke out to become one of the AL's better catchers in 2008, finally living up to his prospect potential. He'll start 2009 as the Rays' No. 1 backstop, with two concerns being his mild late-season slump (.262 with a .692 OPS after August 1) and the very short offseason he'll have going into 2009 (thanks to a long 2008 postseason run and an expected stint as Venezuela's starting catcher in the WBC).
Navarro actually finished the year much stronger than those numbers indicate, as he hit .294/.344/.493 in August and September. We'll see if that hot finish, and Navarro's great defensive reputation, is enough to keep the Rays from shopping for a catcher in the offseason. Even if it is, Navarro may still have to prove that he, and not Shawn Riggans or John Jaso, is the Rays' catcher of the future.
Navarro came over in a trade from the Dodgers in July and soon showed he's a great defensive catcher and good handler of pitchers. He'll start this season as the Rays' clear top catcher. It's still early in his career, but Navarro has yet to prove he's an effective big league hitter.
Navarro begins the year as the starting catcher, but he's no longer the best catching prospect in the organization. Russell Martin is now the young catcher that the Dodgers are eagerly awaiting. That doesn't mean that Navarro is worthless - his defense is excellent and his command of the strike zone is superb for his age, but there's a legitimate question whether he'll eventually hit for enough power to be adequate at the plate. He'll still only be 22 in 2006, so there's time for him to develop, but Martin's emergence puts more of a sense of urgency on Navarro's timetable.
Navarro becomes the catcher of the future for the Dodgers after an offseason trade. He initially struggled after his midseason promotion to Triple-A Columbus last year with the Yankees, but settled in to hit .296 in August and earn a September call-up. He hasn't shown much power yet, but is ready defensively. A strong fantasy minor league draftee.
The youngest starter in the South Atlantic League last season, the then 18-year old Navarro went .238/.326/.360 in 328 Low-A at-bats while drawing 39 walks. Navarro is also good with the glove and should develop some power as he matures. He compares favorably to Jorge Posada at a similar stage in development, but is at least a few seasons away.
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Cut loose by Cleveland
CFree Agent  
October 10, 2019
Navarro was released by the Indians on Thursday, Kegan Lowe of Baseball America reports.
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Heads to Cleveland on NRI pact
CCleveland Indians  
February 7, 2019
Navarro signed a minor-league contract with the Indians on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
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Reaches deal with independent club
CFree Agent  
July 1, 2018
Navarro agreed to a contract Sunday with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Disappointing since return to Toronto
CToronto Blue Jays  
September 26, 2016
Navarro is just 3-for-26 (.115) with three walks and six strikeouts in September.
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Can't find September stride
CToronto Blue Jays  
September 12, 2016
Navarro has appeared in six of the Jays' nine September games and is just 1-for-14 (.071) in that time.
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