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Dioner Navarro drawing trade interest from three clubs

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The catcher is looking to be traded after the Jays signed Russell Martin to a five-year deal.

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With the Blue Jays adding catcher Russell Martin on a five-year, $82 million deal, incumbent Dioner Navarro appears to be available on the trade market. According to a report from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Navarro has expressed to the Jays that he is interested in being traded this winter, and three teams are already showing interest. General manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters, including Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, that he "wouldn't be surprised" if a trade involving Navarro occurred.

Navarro, who turns 31 in February, is entering the final year of his contract and will earn $5 million in 2015 after hitting .274/.317/.395 with twelve home runs and 69 RBI with Toronto last season. He could theoretically serve as the Jays' designated hitter, but has expressed interest in an everyday catching role and may be of interest for teams looking for help behind the plate.

The Rangers and Pirates are known to be on the lookout for catching help, though Pittsburgh's addition of Francisco Cervelli may fill that hole in the wake of Martin's absence. On the free-agent market, only backup options like David Ross, Gerald Laird, Nick Hundley and A.J. Pierzynski are available to teams.