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Dioner Favian Navarro Vivas (born February 9, 1984) is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher in the Cleveland Indians organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays. With the Rays, Navarro was an All-Star in 2008.

Dioner Navarro
Dioner Navarro April 2014.jpg
Navarro with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014
Cleveland Indians
Born: (1984-02-09) February 9, 1984 (age 35)
Caracas, Venezuela
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 2004, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average.250
Home runs77
Runs batted in367
Career highlights and awards

Professional careerEdit

New York YankeesEdit

In 2000, Navarro was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent. In 2003, with the Double-A Trenton Thunder, he hit .341 in 58 games and was selected as the Yankees minor league player of the year and was the top-ranked prospect in the Yankees organization heading into 2004.[1]

Navarro made his Major League debut with the Yankees on September 7, 2004, playing against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays,[2] and played in seven games, batting .429 (3-for-7) with one RBIs and two runs scored.

Los Angeles DodgersEdit

Before the 2005 season, Navarro was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks with Javier Vázquez and Brad Halsey for Randy Johnson.[3] That same day, the Diamondbacks traded Navarro, Beltrán Pérez, Danny Muegge, and William Juarez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Shawn Green.[4]

In 2006, both Navarro and Russell Martin were invited to spring training to compete for the starting catcher position. Both played well, but at the end of the spring Navarro was named the Dodgers' catcher, and Martin was sent to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. However, while Martin thrived in Las Vegas, Navarro played only adequately in Los Angeles, and showed signs of inexperience. On May 5, 2006, Martin was called up to the Dodgers after a wrist injury landed Navarro on the disabled list. Martin played well after the injury to Navarro, and kept the job as catcher, as Navarro was demoted to the minor leagues.

Tampa Bay RaysEdit

On June 26, 2006, Navarro was traded along with pitcher Jae Seo and outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for catcher Toby Hall and pitcher Mark Hendrickson.[5][6] Navarro made his debut as a Ray on June 28, 2006, against the Florida Marlins going hitless with two walks. In 2007, he batted only .227 and tied for the lead of all Major League catchers in errors, with 14.[citation needed]

Navarro was much improved in 2008, after working on his hitting and his strength in the Venezuelan Winter League with Tiburones de La Guaira, leading his team with a .295 batting average and guiding his pitchers to the third-lowest ERA in the majors (3.60) as of July 10.[7] On July 6, it was announced that Navarro was selected to be on the American League squad for the 2008 MLB All-Star Game.

During the 2008 offseason, Navarro went to arbitration with the Rays; he lost and was given $2.1 million.[8]

Of the AL players with at least 350 plate appearances in 2009, only one had a lower OBP, two had a lower AVG, and two had a lower SLG.

Navarro's batting average continued to slide in 2010, resulting in the loss of playing time to John Jaso and Kelly Shoppach. Shortly after the latter returned from injury, Navarro was sent to the Rays' Triple-A team, Durham Bulls, having cleared waivers because of service time.

Second stint with the Los Angeles DodgersEdit

Navarro signed a one-year contract to return to the Dodgers for the 2011 season.[9] He began the season on the disabled list due to an injury suffered in spring training and did not join the Dodgers until April 25. Three times during the season (June 19, July 9, and July 20), he drove in the sole run in a 1–0 victory, which only happened once before (Gary Sheffield in 2001) in Los Angeles Dodger history.[10] Navarro was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on August 23, 2011. In 64 games, he batted .193 with five home runs and 17 runs batted in.[11] He was released on August 30.

Cincinnati RedsEdit

Navarro signed a minor league contract, containing a spring training invite, with the Cincinnati Reds on January 16, 2012. He was assigned to the AAA Louisville Bats. Navarro was called up on August 1, due to the injury and suspension of Devin Mesoraco.[12]

Chicago CubsEdit

On November 15, 2012, Navarro signed a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. He can earn up to $250K in performance bonuses.[13][14] On May 29, 2013, Navarro walked once, hit three home runs, scored four runs, and totaled six RBI to lead the Cubs to a 9-3 victory over the crosstown rival Chicago White Sox at Wrigley Field.[15] It was Navarro's first multi-HR game in his Major League career and included home runs from both sides of the plate.[16]

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

On December 2, 2013, Navarro agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.[17] The official announcement came later that day.[18] He was placed on the bereavement list on May 14, due to a family medical emergency.[19] On August 23, Navarro recorded his 55th RBI of the season, establishing a new career-high. He would go on to start 102 games behind the plate and appear in 139 games in 2014, both career-highs, and record just 3 errors. Navarro finished the season batting .274 with 12 home runs and 69 RBI.[20]

After the offseason signing of Russell Martin, Navarro was demoted to backup catcher to open the 2015 season. He requested a trade shortly after the Blue Jays signed Martin, specifically to a team where he could be the starting catcher, but a trade was not completed by the start of the season.[21] On April 23, Navarro was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.[22] He completed a rehab assignment with the Buffalo Bisons and was activated from the disabled list on June 2.[23] Navarro appeared in 54 games in the 2015 regular season, and hit .246 with 5 home runs and 20 RBI.[24] He had the second-slowest baserunning sprint speed of all major league players, at 22.5 feet/second.[25]

Chicago White SoxEdit

Navarro with the Chicago White Sox in 2016

On December 4, 2015, Navarro signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Chicago White Sox.[26] Navarro played in 85 games for the White Sox in 2016, batting .210 with 6 home runs and 32 RBI.[24]

Second stint with the Blue JaysEdit

On August 26, 2016, Navarro was traded back to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league pitcher Colton Turner.[27] Navarro played in 16 games with the Blue Jays in 2016, hitting .182 with three RBI.[24]

Long Island DucksEdit

On July 31, 2018, Navarro signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He became a free agent following the 2018 season.

Cleveland IndiansEdit

On February 7, 2019, Navarro signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians.

Personal lifeEdit

Navarro was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and married his wife, Sherley, at age 18; they have a son, Dioner Jr. (born 2005), and she has a son, Gerson, from a previous relationship. They have lived in the Tampa Bay Area during offseasons since he was drafted and first signed by the Yankees, and currently live in Riverview, Florida.[28]

On September 27, 2003, their first wedding anniversary, Sherley suffered a cerebral aneurysm in Tampa. Doctors gave her less than a 5% chance of surviving surgery, and said it was likely she would die on September 30. She survived, and made a full recovery. Navarro has worn the #30 in her honor ever since.[29]

On July 5, 2006, days after his acquisition by the Devil Rays, Navarro's SUV was clipped by another vehicle, causing his SUV to roll over. He and his family escaped serious injury, but the other vehicle fled the scene.[30]

His son, Dioner Jr., was born with multicystic dysplastic kidney. He needed to have one of his kidneys removed in September 2006, and further surgery in 2007.[31]

His mother, who still resides in Venezuela, suffered a cerebral aneurysm in early February 2008. Navarro left the Rays' pre-spring training workouts to be with her and returned when her condition stabilized.[32]

Navarro is an animal lover who has five pets: Lilo (a French bulldog), Crystal (English bulldog), a chameleon called Jeffrey, and two birds that do not have names.[33]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Chuck, Bill. 100 random things about the Red Sox, Rays, and Yankees, The Boston Globe. Published April 2, 2009. Retrieved May 2, 2009.
  3. ^ "Paperwork in place for Johnson-Vazquez trade - MLB - ESPN". 2004-12-30. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  4. ^ L.A. getting catcher Navarro in deal
  5. ^ Brummond, Jason (June 27, 2006). "Dodgers trade for Hendrickson, Hall". Archived from the original on February 24, 2015. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
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  7. ^ Pedro Zayas, "Rays' Navarro returns to Bronx an All-Star,", July 10, 2008
  8. ^ Marlins' Uggla Wins Arbitration Yahoo Sports, February 12, 2009
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  10. ^ "The 1-0 Kings". True Blue LA. 2011-07-22. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  11. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Dodgers Designate Dioner Navarro For Assignment". Retrieved August 23, 2011.
  12. ^ Groeschen, Tom (August 1, 2012). "Mesoraco to 7-day DL, Navarro called up". Cincinnati Enqurier. Archived from the original on August 5, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
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  14. ^ "Cubs announce deal with C Navarro". USA Today. Associated Press. November 17, 2012. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  15. ^ "MLB - Chicago White Sox/Chicago Cubs Box Score Wednesday May 29, 2013". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  16. ^ ANDREW SELIGMAN (May 29, 2013). "Navarro hits 3 HRs, Cubs pound White Sox 9-3 (AP) - Yahoo Sports". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  17. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (December 2, 2013). "Blue Jays have two-year deal with Navarro". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  18. ^ "Blue Jays sign Navarro". December 2, 2013. Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  19. ^ "Blue Jays place Navarro on bereavement list; recall Kratz". May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  20. ^ "Dioner Navarro Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  21. ^ Macleod, Robert (February 23, 2015). "Frustrated Navarro repeats trade request as Martin settles in as a Jay". Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  22. ^ Fordin, Spencer (April 23, 2015). "Blue Jays place Navarro on DL, recall Thole". Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  23. ^ Davidi, Shi (June 2, 2015). "Blue Jays to activate Navarro from disabled list". Sportsnet. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  24. ^ a b c "Dioner Navarro Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  25. ^ Statcast Sprint Speed Leaderboard |
  26. ^ Van Schouwen, Daryl. "Dioner Navarro's deal with White Sox: One year, $4 million". Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  27. ^ Ravjiani, Alykhan (August 26, 2016). "Blue Jays acquire Navarro from White Sox". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  28. ^ "Dioner Navarro: Biography and Career Highlights | Players". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  29. ^ "From near tragedy, an early maturity". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  30. ^ " - Devil Rays' Navarro sidelined after traffic accident". Associated Press. July 5, 2006. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  31. ^ "Rays: Life keeps piling on Navarro". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  32. ^ "Notes: Navarro stronger after turmoil | News". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  33. ^ "Dioner Navarro Stats, Video Highlights, Photos, Bio | Team". Retrieved December 2, 2013.

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