Cubs find another catching option in Dioner Navarro


Cubs find another catching option in Dioner Navarro

The Cubs added to their catching depth on Thursday by signing Dioner Navarro, a one-time All-Star.

Sources confirmed the agreement, which CBS Sports reported at 1.75 million for next season, when Navarro will be 29 years old and a veteran presence next to Welington Castillo.

Team president Theo Epstein has described Castillo as a possible core player, and manager Dale Sveum has described the 25-year-old catcher as a potential Gold Glove winner and future All-Star, someone who will make a lot of money in this game.

Sveum viewed Castillo as probably the teams most improved player during the second half of last season as he learned how to manage the pitching staff and call a game.

Navarro who appeared in 24 games with the Cincinnati Reds last season and spent a significant amount of the year at the Triple-A level could help in those areas.

Navarro emerged as an All-Star with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008, hitting .295 with seven homers and 54 RBI in 120 games, though hes struggled to maintain that level of production.

That year Navarro also got into a dugout scrap with Matt Garza, but that didnt stop the Rays from making a miracle run to the World Series.

Garza who went on to eliminate Epsteins Boston Red Sox and become the ALCS MVP has described the incident as a good learning experience that showed him you have to control your emotions. With Garza (elbow) now cleared to resume his normal offseason training program, it looks like they will be reunited on the North Side.

Cubs hoping Kyle Schwarber can make World Series comeback

Cubs hoping Kyle Schwarber can make World Series comeback

As if the possibility of clinching their first National League pennant in 71 years didn't create enough drama and excitement in Wrigleyville, the Cubs have sent Kyle Schwarber to the Arizona Fall League, hoping he can add another chapter to his October legend.

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Schwarber earned this chance after beating every expectation in his recovery from major knee surgery in April. The Cubs haven't ruled anything in or out - and still need to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers one more time - but they want to see how he responds on Saturday with the Mesa Solar Sox and then decide if he would be a viable designated-hitter option for the World Series.

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