In a move that should make Javier Valentin fans pretty happy, the Reds have signed catcher Dioner Navarro.
This would seem to jive with the rumor we’ve heard that Ryan Hanigan will be traded soon. We hope not, but we’ve heard it. Navarro is going to be 28 next season and hit a Javy Valentin-esque .193/.276/.324 in 202 plate appearances for the Dodgers last year.
The Reds are gearing up indeed. But this was not a move that you’ll look back in September and say ‘what a gem signing by Jocketty’. It’s most likely the team adding some depth in case there is an unlikely injury to Devin Mesoraco or the aforementioned Hanigan.