UPDATE: Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports that the Blue Jays and Tigers haven’t discussed Navarro. It appears that the possibility has been discussed internally with the Tigers, but no trade talks have occurred yet.
1:20 p.m. ET: With designated hitter Victor Martinez needing knee surgery and catcher Alex Avila a question mark due to concussions, the Tigers could be in the market for some catching/DH depth.
And according to Jeff Blair of Toronto Sportsnet they’ve “had discussions” with the Blue Jays about acquiring Dioner Navarro, who started last season and is now in a backup role thanks to the signing of Russell Martin.
Navarro hit .274 with 12 homers and a .712 OPS in 139 games last season and the switch-hitter is owed $5 million for 2015. Blair writes that the Blue Jays want pitching in return for the 31-year-old catcher.
Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.
Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”
Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.
The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.