The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a one-year, $4-million contract with free agent catcher Dioner Navarro.
Navarro, 31, appeared in 54 games (44 starts) with Toronto in 2015, batting .246 (42-171) with five home runs, 20 RBI and a .307 on-base percentage. He threw out 8-22 (36.4 percent) of attempted basestealers. Navarro was on the disabled list from April 23-June 2 with a strained left hamstring.
Navarro, 5-foot-9 and 205 pounds, is a career .255 (739-2,903) hitter with 129 doubles, 71 home runs, 332 RBI, 296 runs scored and a .313 on-base percentage in 908 games over 12 major-league seasons with the Yankees (2004), Dodgers (2005-06, 2011), Tampa Bay (2006-10), Cincinnati (2012), Cubs (2013) and Toronto (2014-15). He has thrown out 24.7 percent (142-574) of attempted basestealers in his career. The switch-hitting Navarro is a career .270 hitter (202-748) with a .439 slugging percentage and .775 OPS vs. left-handed pitchers.
"Adding a veteran catcher like Dioner to complement the skill set of Alex Avila provides our club with strong depth at the position for the 2016 season," said Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager. "Dioner's 12 seasons of experience at the major-league level and ability to switch-hit will provide Robin with additional roster and in-game flexibility throughout the season."
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Navarro established career highs in games (139), hits (132), RBI (69) and total bases (190) with Toronto in 2014. He was named to the 2008 American League All-Star Team with Tampa Bay, the only catcher in Rays history to accomplish the feat.
Navarro has made the postseason three times in his career: 2008 with Tampa Bay, 2012 with Cincinnati and 2015 with Toronto. He is a .253 hitter (19-75) with five doubles and five RBI over 23 playoff games. Navarro caught every inning (141.2) for the Rays' 2008 pennant-winning team that lost to Philadelphia in the World Series.
Navarro originally was signed as a free agent by the New York Yankees on August 21, 2000.