Miami Marlins Rumors: Catching Upgrade In The Works?

By Ryan Gaydos
Dioner Navarro
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The Miami Marlins are not going to increase its payroll by a lot from the end of the 2013 season to the start of the 2014 season. That is a given. However, the team could still make a few splashes in the free agent market this season, and it looks like the organization is looking to do just that. With a big catching need, there are options for the Marlins out there if they want to pull the trigger.

The first person that Miami could go after is Mike Napoli, who can play first base (currently occupied by Logan Morrison). The chances of Miami splurging for Napoli are slim, but the team could be in on him at the right price. Napoli is coming off his second straight 100-strikeout season, but did increase his slash line to .259/.360/.482, hitting 23 home runs and driving in 89 RBIs in his lone season with the Boston Red Sox.

Napoli helped the Red Sox to a World Series championship with a few home runs and clutch RBIs.

As a backup, the Marlins could look into Dioner Navarro. Navarro has been in a backup role for most of his career, but could get some significant playing time with the Marlins considering their problems with their catchers. In 89 games with the Chicago Cubs last season, Navarro hit 13 home runs and drove in 34 RBIs. He batted .300/.365/.492 and will be 30-years old by the time spring training rolls around.

Navarro would most likely be a backup along with Jeff Mathis, who served as the Marlins’ starter toward the end of the season. Any catcher would be valuable to Rob Brantly, who is struggling to step into the role that Miami expected him to be ready for.

Ryan Gaydos is an MLB columnist for He comments on Miami Marlins rumors. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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