Blue Jays sign catcher Dioner Navarro

Dioner Navarro played for the Cubs in 2013.
Andrew A. Nelles/Associated PRess
Dioner Navarro played for the Cubs in 2013.

A few notes while we wait for official word on the Red Sox tender decisions:

• The catching market is growing thinner with the news that Dioner Navarro has signed a two-year, $8 million deal with Toronto. The Red Sox did not have great interest in Navarro.

The Blue Jays will non-tender J.P. Arencibia if they cannot first trade him. Arencibia hit 15 home runs last season but had a .227 OBP.


Outside of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the only free agent on the market that would seem acceptable to the Red Sox is A.J. Pierzynski , who turns 37 later this month. Pierzynski is a lefthanded hitter and theoretically would be a good match with David Ross.

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The Sox could make a trade, too.

• ESPN Chicago reported that Daniel Bard will be non-tendered by the Cubs. No surprise there, given his monumental struggles. There is a good chance that Bard will sign a minor league deal with the Cubs and continue his search.

• Righthanded reliever Manny Delcarmen has signed a minor league deal with the Nationals. The Hyde Park native has not pitched in the big leagues since 2010. He has been with the Rockies, Mariners, Rangers, Yankees, and Orioles since the Red Sox traded him in 2010.