Jarrod Saltalamacchia isn't the only switch-hitting catcher with World Series experience on the Twins' free-agent radar. According to a major league general manager closely monitoring the situation, the Twins are one of about five teams pursuing Dioner Navarro. Set to turn 30 in February, Navarro posted career highs of 13 home runs and an .856 combined on-base/slugging percentage this season for the Chicago Cubs, earning $1.75 million in base salary. His largest single-season salary in a 10-year big-league career has been $2.1 million. While Saltalamacchia is projected to rate a three-year, $30 million commitment after helping the Boston Red Sox win this year's World Series, signing Navarro would require a much more conservative outlay in terms of years and dollars. Considered an excellent defender with a knack for handling pitchers, Navarro has postseason experience with Cincinnati and Tampa Bay, helping the Rays reach the World Series in 2008. He threw out 26 percent of attempted base stealers this season, his best mark since 2010.
Minnesota Twins: Dioner Navarro on team's radar, rival GM says
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Nov 26