Dioner Navarro was an All-Star for the Rays in 2008, but since then he’s hit .218, .194, and .193 in three seasons and today he agreed to a minor-league contract with the Reds.
Cincinnati lost last year’s starting catcher, Ramon Hernandez, to the Rockies in free agency, but backup Ryan Hanigan has long been ready for a bigger role and the Reds have 23-year-old top prospect Devin Mesoraco waiting in the wings at Triple-A.
In other words, Navarro is little more than organizational depth. He’ll compete to back up Hanigan if the Reds decide Mesoraco needs some more seasoning in the minors, and if not Navarro could wind up as the starter at Triple-A himself.
Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow, on a rehab assignment as he works his way back from elbow and forearm issues, suffered a setback and has been shut down for the remainder of the 2019 season, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports.
Morrow, 35, hasn’t pitched since July 15, 2018. The right-hander inked a two-year, $21 million contract with the Cubs in December 2017 but has been unable to stay healthy. When he did pitch last year, he was excellent, limiting the opposition to five runs on 24 hits and nine walks with 31 strikeouts and 22 saves in 30 2/3 innings.
Morrow is likely done as a Cub. He has a vesting option for 2020 worth $12 million. The details aren’t publicly available but it presumably won’t vest. The Cubs can instead buy him out for $3 million, making him a free agent.