Originally Posted by PuffyPig
AAAA catchers get tminor league contracts. The Cubs have given him established major league money for catchers expected to play 60-80 games.
Navaro is no better today than he was at the start of last year.
Yet he got a major league contract and guaranteed $1.75M.
Navarro availed himself well in the Reds stretch run, which followed a strong showing in Louisville. Looks like he rebuilt some value. But don't forget this is the Cubs, they didn't lose 100 games by making great decisions. They are in a deep place and any upgrade to the stink they have is gonna cost some cash. They probably outbid themselves, but they had to do something to entice him to play for a loser since it appears he was ready to sign that type of deal with the Reds and be one injury to a catcher away from playing for a contending team. Cudos to his agent for recognizing the Cubs desperation and affinity for Navarro.
The Cubs are a bad team, they have to overpay even for potential slightly above replacement level players or they can continue to run out the same garbage for league minimum. They are trying to upgrade from Clevenger's OPS+ of 48 and Castillo, do you really think that he shouldn't be replaced?
For some reason, someone with the Cubs must see something that made him a target for their plans. In the current economy of MLB, I simply think you are extremely overstating the value of that contract.