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Dioner Navarro played more in Triple-A than with the Reds last season but could get a lot of time with the Cubs.
The 28-year-old switch hitter signed a one-year contract today, for a reported 1.75 million. The deal was reported by his agents with CBS Sports' Jon Heyman providing the salary. The Cubs have not confirmed the signing, which is subject to a physical. Navarro is a talented catcher who can be temperamental. He bolted the 2010 Rays in October after he was not placed on the original playoff roster. He hit .290 for the Reds in only 69 at-bats last season. He threw out only 1 of 6 runners attempting to steal but had an eye-catching 2.78 catchers' ERA in a short sample. Welington Castillo is expected to be the Cubs' regular catcher next season but Navarro provides depth. He could allow Steve Clevenger to get some needed at-bats in Triple-A after hitting .201 this season.