I like it!
Russell Martin is a big upgrade from Dioner Navarro. The Canadian’s offensive numbers are better than Navarro’s. More importantly – as pointed out by Baseball-Reference.com – Martin’s career CS% is higher than Navarro’s (32% vs. 28%). Doesn’t seem like a big difference, but it certainly helps.
That’s not to say Navarro was a dud. The Blue Jays were very fortunate to get what they got from Navarro. Remember, this was a catcher who hadn’t played 100+ games since 2009.
So what happens to Navarro from this point forward?
He could be used as a trading chip or backup Martin, which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.
As for Martin, I look forward to seeing what affect his experience and leadership will have in the clubhouse and on the field.
A part of me fears he will under-perform, becoming a target for angry fans.
But there’s also a part of me that believes he will continue to produce like he has in the past.
So here’s hoping #55 will be nothing like a recent Blue Jay who wore that number.