When the Toronto Blue Jays decided to part ways with J.P. Arencibia in the offseason, a foreseeable fresh breath of air was on the horizon for those who follow the Blue Birds. With the exception of his first game ever played with the club, where he went 4-for-5 with two home runs, Arencibia never got comfortable at the plate in a Jays uniform.
Even though Arencibia had decent home run numbers with the Jays, if he wasn’t hitting the ball over the fence, he was most likely the subject of a Buck Martinez call on a swing and a miss. The Jays needed someone who is more of a complete player both in the batters box and behind the plate. In comes Dioner Navarro. That foreseeable fresh breath of air everyone in Toronto had been waiting for.
Navarro has enjoyed a solid Spring Training thus far in his first few games as a member of the Jays. On Friday, the new catcher in town went 2-for-3 with a run and upped his average to .333 against the Tampa Bay Rays in Grapefruit League action. He may not have the home run pop in his bat that Arencibia had in Toronto, but Navarro takes a much better approach while he’s at the plate. That invaluable skill of having the ability to stay calm, cool and collected when hitting at the major league level is what will set Navarro apart from anything that Arencibia did as a Jay.
No matter what the former Jays’ catcher has to say about his old team from the bench of the Texas Rangers, the Jays are in a way better spot behind the plate than they were for the past four seasons. Navarro will continue to thrive hitting at the bottom of the order with the likes of Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie swinging the stick in front of him, and Arencibia’s under achievements in Toronto will soon be nothing but forgotten.