Blue Jays bench players providing some consistency in 2015

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Jul 19, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Roberto Osuna (54) celebrates the win with Toronto Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro (30) at the end of a game a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre. Toronto Blue Jays won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

#3  –  C Dioner Navarro

Navarro is another example of a Jays bench player who has been quite unspectacular, but valuable for his stability. His offensive dip and lack of playing time have hurt any desire he has to be moved into a starting role elsewhere, but Toronto can see value of their own in a switch-hitting catcher whose presence keeps Josh Thole off the 25-man roster.

Navarro is more talented than he’s shown thus far. Not greatly so, but there’s reasonable room to improve. His start on Sunday could help to spark the veteran as he went 1-for-4, throwing out a runner attempting to steal second base and picking off Tampa Bay’s Tim Beckham at third. Marco Estrada and he are developing a great chemistry and we know that Mark Buehrle is comfortable with him, so despite a below-average defensive performance in 2015, he’s not a total black hole behind the plate.

His trade value is flirting with zero unless an AL team is hit with the injury bug, but he possesses something of great value in Toronto: the trust of manager John Gibbons. Navarro isn’t my first choice for a pinch-hitter, but if the Jays need a veteran at-bat to move a runner over late in the game or produce a sac fly, I’ll happily take Navarro over Carrera or Goins.

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