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Rotowire: Feb 23 / 10:12a ET
News: Navarro will compete for at-bats at DH this season, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.
Impact: This is in addition to his status as the Jays' backup catcher, so there is a chance that two backstops in Toronto return value in deeper leagues this season. Navarro did not shy away from admitting to the media Monday that he hopes to be traded before the start of the season to a team where he can be an everyday catcher, but said he would be a pro about the situation if he remains with the Blue Jays. Justin Smoak and Danny Valencia will also compete for at-bats at DH, but Navarro has proven to be a better hitter than both of those players lately, so he should not be counted out because of his status as the backup catcher. His situation will be one worth monitoring throughout spring training.
Rotowire: Feb 7 / 9:36a ET
News: Navarro is on track to open the season as the backup in Toronto behind Russell Martin, the Blue Jays' official site reports.
Impact: Injuries elsewhere may drum up interest in Navarro on the trade market. Signed to a two-year deal by the Blue Jays last offseason, Navarro is owed $5 million in 2015. With twice as many at-bats as he received in 2013, he hit one fewer home run (12) last season while carrying a .274/.317/.395 line for Toronto. If he remains on the roster, Navarro could also compete with Justin Smoak for at-bats, pushing Edwin Encarnacion to first base and allowing the backup catcher to see time as the team's DH.