The Chicago White Sox have put their hand on former Blue Jays backstop Dioner Navarro on a one-year deal. The veteran was looking for a trade out of Canada last season due to the team’s acquisition of Russell Martin and his lack of playing time as the primary catcher. Ironically enough, after getting out of Toronto, Navarro now ends up in Chi town, who signed fellow catcher Alex Avila earlier in the week. The two will, most likely, be used in a platoon with Navarro most likely seeing the majority of the time hitting in the right handed batters box, against lefties. In the 54 games Navarro played last season he put up a .246/.307/.374 slash line accompanied by five-spot in the homerun department and 20 RBIs. As was mentioned, Navarro is below average defensively and isn’t all that solid at framing pitches which contributed to the minimalistic contract he signed; he had a .985 fielding percentage last season in Toronto.
Alex Avila spent some time playing first last season, he’ll get considerably less time there in 2016 with Adam LaRoche occupying that spot. Chicago’s not all that high on LaRoche, who had a rough first season in the Windy City.
The one-time all-star had a career seasons in terms of RBIs two seasons ago in Toronto with 69.