Should the Angels sign Dioner Navarro?

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Updated: February 23, 2017

Spring Training has already begun, but are the Angels done making moves? It’s February, but that doesn’t mean every player has found a team yet. Catcher Dioner Navarro could be a fit with the Halos.

The Angels head into camp with catchers Carlos Perez and Martin Maldonado as the two primary players behind the plate. Both don’t have strong consistent numbers, and it might be time for the Angels to consider a third option. Veteran Dioner Navarro could be a fit on the Angels in 2017.

Navarro hit .207/.265/.322 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 101 games last season. He played a majority of the season with the Chicago White Sox, and then played 16 games with the Toronto Blue Jays. It was a down year for Navarro, but he’s been a consistent player.

He’s a career .250 hitter, and has played in parts of 13 Major League seasons. Navarro only has five seasons with 100 or more games played. Normally used as a backup catcher, but could find a home in Anaheim.

Maldonado hit .202 last season with eight home runs and 21 RBI. Perez didn’t do much better, hitting .209 with five home runs and 31 RBI. The Angels could use a veteran like Navarro on the team, even if he’s coming off a bad year.

This could be a good deal for the Angels in more than one way. If Navarro comes in and has success, but the team doesn’t, they can always move him mid-season for a prospect or two. Even if the team does well Navarro could be a trade option.

Navarro made $4 million last season, and could be a cheap valuable option for the Angels. Signing him won’t guarantee a playoff run for the Halos, but he could add veteran depth to a position that badly needs it.



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