Blue Jays brings back Dioner Navarro!

 

The Toronto Blue Jays have bolstered their roster for a playoff run by bringing back a familiar face in Dioner Navarro

 

 

Just when you thought things were a little too quiet, the Blue Jays go and show that they’re always thinking and always moving. They have bolstered their lineup for a playoff push by adding Dioner Navarro for minor league pitcher, Colton Turner.

 

If there was any doubt before, the club goes and pulls off a move that shows they are focused on the here and now and are willing to give up a little of the future to win now. Turner is a 25 year old lefty who jumped three levels in the Blue Jays’ system this year. He started out in Lansing and last appeared in New Hampshire. In total, over the three levels, he’s tossed 54 innings to the tune of a 1.33 ERA. He’s also collected 13 saves.

 

This kind of asking price is exactly what the Blue Jays have been able to use this whole year to improve their major league roster. Fans should be happy about the cost of a minor league bullpen arm. One day, Turner could develop into an effective arm for a big league club, but this has to be considered an acceptable return for Navarro.

 

For his part, Navarro is 32 years old and will be a free agent at the end of this season. He signed for $4M with the White Sox. In 85 games, he’s slashed .210/ .267/.339, which could explain how he passed through waivers all the way to the Blue Jays. But, the Blue Jays will not be looking for him to come in and rake, especially with Russell Martin returning to form of late.

 

Instead, Navarro will provide a much needed upgrade on the bench and as a backup for Martin. One has to think that there will be questions about who will catch R. A. Dickey moving forward, since it would be difficult seeing the club sticking with 3 catchers. September roster expansion allows for that, but they’ll have to trim down the roster for playoffs. Of course, this also may lead to the decision of Dickey being kept off the playoff roster, should the team make it there.

 

Regardless, for now, the Blue Jays upgrade at a position of need. They add a switch hitting presence, which would help with their woes against left handed pitching. Though, he is hitting .232 against left handed pitching this season as a right handed batter. From the left side of the plate, he’s hitting .201. So, it isn’t as much of an upgrade as we might think.

 

The other thing that Navarro brings is familiarity with the pitching staff, especially Marco Estrada. That can only come in handy down the stretch.

 

Of course, what we really hope he brings is that police hat and some cigars. We could all benefit from seeing that image on the Rogers Centre turf again, no?

 

 

 

 

*Featured Image Credit: Tyrone Islington Photography UNDER CC BY-SA 2.0

 

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Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.

Shaun Doyle

Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.