St. Louis may have its Yadier Molina fill-in.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Cardinals are “in discussions to acquire” catcher Dioner Navarro via trade from the rival Cubs.
Navarro has posted an impressive .294/.370/.510 batting line with nine home runs and 20 RBI in 57 games this season for Chicago. He’s a big drop-off defensively from Molina, but you could say the same for just about any catcher in the major leagues.
Molina was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a sprained right knee.
Navarro can become a free agent this November. He’s owed about $750,000.
UPDATE, 3:51 p.m. ET: Rosenthal says the Cardinals’ pursuit of Navarro has slowed because the two teams have been unable to agree on a suitable return package. A deal is now “doubtful.”
UPDATE, 3:35 p.m. ET: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals won’t be getting Navarro.