The New York Yankees and Alfonso Soriano are officially reunited with Corey Black being sent to the Chicago Cubs to complete the deal. The next big question becomes, are the Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman done dealing? The answer should be that the Yankees are still searching for upgrades with a right-handed hitting first baseman and a catcher on the top of their wish list. Interestingly, the Cubs have another former Yankee on their team who fits a need for the club, catcher Dioner Navarro.
Navarro, 29, is having a very solid season, hitting .281/.355/.511 with nine home runs and 20 RBI in 53 games. He made his MLB debut at age 20 with the Yankees in 2004, appearing in five game and collecting three singles in seven at-bats. The ten-year veteran is a career .247/.309/.366 hitter with 50 home runs in 679 games. He was traded by the Yankees with pitchers Brad Halsey and Javier Vazquez to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Randy Johnson.
The Yankees have been trying to get by with Chris Stewart and Austin Romine behind the dish. Stewart is the starter by default after Francisco Cervelli went down with injury and his return is uncertain since he has been linked to Biogenesis. Stewart has appeared in 68 games and has hit .234/.311/.299 with three home runs, three doubles and 15 RBI. Romine has hit much worse, posting a .193/.212/.277 line in 38 games with one walk and 21 strikeouts.
The Yankees desperately need to upgrade their catching situation but so far the market has been slow to develop. The Cubs, however, seem willing to part with a lot of their players and Navarro could very well be on that list. Could the Yankees and Cubs deal again for another former Yankee? Nothing can be ruled out at this point. One thing is certain, the Yankees need to add some offense and if they can upgrade at catcher they need to jump on that chance.