Yesterday, when we posted the postseason roster, we noted that Dioner Navarro was among those not asked to stay and keep working out with the club in case a player is injured or the team makes changes before the ALCS. Well, it turns out that Navarro was asked to stay. But he apparently has better things to do with his time (via Marc Topkin of the St. Pete Times)…
The Rays wanted Navarro to remain with the team and keep working out so he’d be in shape in case they needed to add him to the roster in the event of injury, or for the next round should they advance…But Navarro, who was sent to the minors for two months and played sparingly after his Sept. 1 recall (10 games, five starts), declined, and seemingly brought his tenure with the Rays to a bad ending. He made $2.1 million this season and will be eligible for arbitration again.
Geez. His own Percivilian moment.
And so, Navarro, who may be the most unlikely player ever to have played in an All-Star game, will in all likelihood be looking for a home in 2011. Of course, with Kelly Shoppach under contract for 2011 and John Jaso a Joe Maddon favorite, that fate was probably sealed long ago.
Anyway…here is hoping the door doesn’t hit Navarro in the ass on the way out. The door might break.