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Dioner Navarro

White Sox sign Dioner Navarro

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Chicago White Sox have signed free agent catcher Dioner Navarro.

Navarro, who turns 32 in February, hit .246/.307/.374 with five home runs and 20 RBI in 192 plate appearances. He’s coming off a two-year, $8 million deal with Toronto.

This is the second catcher acquired by the Sox in a week, with them just having signed Alex Avila. Avila is a lefty batter, Navarro is a switch hitter who has hit lefties considerably better in his career than he has hit righties. This, then, would possibly have the makings of a decent platoon. Assuming, of course, Avila’s health and bat cooperate. Even if that doesn’t happen, Navarro has both started and backed up in his career, giving the Sox some decent flexibility behind the dish.

Chris Carter non-tendered by the Astros

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This wasn’t a huge surprise: the Houston Astros non-tendered Chris Carter before last night’s midnight deadline, making him a free agent.

Carter is a one-dimensional first baseman who, to be honest, should probably be a DH. In 2015 he hit .a paltry .199 with a .307 OBP. His 24 homers and 17 doubles gave him a .427 slugging percentage and he drove in 64, but that doesn’t really justify the $4,175,000 he made and certainly wouldn’t support the even modest raise he’d expect to get in arbitration.

With first baseman Jon Singleton in the fold and prospects A.J. Reed and Matt Duffy in the system, Carter doesn’t really have a place in Houston.

 

The Cubs sign Rex Brothers for $1.42 million

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The Cubs recently acquired Rex Brothers from the Rockies. Today they decided what they’ll pay him for next season: $1.42 million.

Brothers, 27, was 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA last year in two distinct stints separated by an extended period in Triple-A where he went 5-2 with a 4.46 ERA. Overall he’s 16-11 with a 3.42 ERA in 286 appearances with Colorado over five seasons.