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Daniel Nava | Outfielder

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/22/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200
Bats / Throws: Switch / Left
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Daniel Nava went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer Sunday versus the Phillies.
Nava has abandoned switch-hitting this spring and is batting left-handed exclusively. He is worthy of 400 at-bats per year as a corner outfielder and first baseman, but the Red Sox aren't going to have any such role for him this year unless they trade Shane Victorino or Allen Craig. Or maybe both. Mar 15 - 4:34 PM

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Daniel Nava has been hitting exclusively from the left side of the plate this spring and is considering giving up switch-hitting.

Nava has had significantly more success as a left-handed hitter so the idea certainly has merit. He has been putting in extra time to work from his strong side against left-handed pitching to see if his approach could work. With a career .209/.287/.298 slash from the right-side, it won't take much to notice an improvement.
Feb 28 - 9:16 AM

Red Sox and OF Daniel Nava avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.85 million contract.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported the contract terms. Nava, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, requested $2.25 million and was offered $1.3 million from the Red Sox when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. Ultimately, the two sides settled a bit north of the midpoint. The switch-hitter figures to function as a reserve outfielder and backup first baseman in 2015.
Jan 29 - 5:36 PM

Daniel Nava requested $2.25 million and was offered $1.3 million from the Red Sox when arbitration figures were exchanged.

MLBTradeRumors.com leans towards Nava on this one, projecting the outfielder to earn $1.9 million in the arbitration process. The 31-year-old slashed .270/.346/.361 with four homers and 37 RBI in 363 at-bats during the 2014 campaign.
Jan 16 - 10:09 PM

Daniel Nava has considered giving up switch-hitting.

Nava is naturally left-handed, but he has been a switch-hitter for his entire career. However, he owns an .813 OPS vs. right-handers in his career as opposed to a .585 OPS vs. southpaws, so he's thinking about it. "I have thought about it. Is it something I’m going to do? I don’t know. It’s a tough thing to do," said Nava. "[Shane] Victorino did it a couple of years ago, just dropping it. It definitely runs through my head. It’s definitely something I’m considering doing, but at the same time it’s something I’ve never done. Would I even be effective lefty on lefty, or would it be better hitting against lefties from the right side. I would have to go out and give it a test run." It's a situation to track during spring training.
Source: WEEI.com
Jan 13 - 9:34 AM

Daniel Nava went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored in Saturday's blowout win over the Yankees.

Nava had a two-run single in the second inning and later drove in another run with a single in the sixth. He reached base in four out of his five plate appearances, as he was also hit by a pitch in the third inning. Nava got off to a slow start this season, but he's now batting .272 with a .348 on-base percentage and remains a useful piece against right-handed pitching.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 04:25:00 PM

Daniel Nava hit a grand slam in Sunday's win over the Royals.

Nava had just one hit on the afternoon, but he made it count. The outfielder belted the homer off Royals reliever Aaron Crow in the sixth inning, giving the Red Sox the lead. It was a bright spot in what's been a year to forget for Nava, who has just four homers and a .263/.339/.355 line overall.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 06:45:00 PM

Daniel Nava went 2-for-3 with a walk and a three-run home run as the Red Sox slugged their way to a win against the Yankees on Tuesday.

Nava helped put the Red Sox up 5-0 with his three-run blast off of Shane Greene in the third inning, his third homer of the year. It was his first long ball since April 15. Nava has done well in the on-base department but has otherwise not done much, slashing .263/.340/.345 with 23 RBI.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 10:51:00 PM

Daniel Nava had three hits and two RBI against the Astros in Saturday's win.

Unless he's traded, Nava could well head back to the bench when Allen Craig returns. That'd be a shame, since he's the better player of the two against right-handers. He's 7-for-10 over his last three games, and he's hit .321/.391/.377 since the beginning of June.
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 11:13:00 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, teams like the Royals and Tigers have been expressing interest in acquiring Daniel Nava from the Red Sox.

Nava has not yet been placed on waivers, but that could happen soon. The 31-year-old outfielder and first baseman has batted just .248/.327/.310 in 71 games this season for Boston, but he was highly productive in 2013 and most contending clubs are looking to acquire bench bats for the stretch run and postseason. Nava will be arbitration-eligible for the first time heading into 2015.
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 01:52:00 PM

Daniel Nava plated three runs, finishing 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in Sunday's shutout victory over the Royals.

Nava knocked in a pair in the third inning, boosting the Red Sox lead to 3-0. The following inning, he lifted a sacrifice fly to center field, making it 6-0. Nava has been on a bit of a hot streak lately, notching multi-hit games in three out of his last four games dating back to July 11. He has otherwise had a subpar year at the plate, slashing .246/.335/.320 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 200 plate appearances.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 04:37:00 PM

Daniel Nava went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Astros.

Nava's second two-hit day raised his average to .238 to finish what's been a forgettable first half for the 31-year-old. More was expected out of Nava after he put up a .303/.385/.445 line in 2013, but he owns just a .628 OPS this year and has been up and down from Triple-A. He's a non-factor for fantasy purposes.
Sun, Jul 13, 2014 07:16:00 PM

Daniel Nava went 3-for-4 with three singles in Thursday's win over the Indians.

It was Nava's second three-hit game out of his last five games. The outfielder has struggled at the dish in his intermittent playing time at the major league level, but the Red Sox hope his recent performance is a sign of a turnaround. Nava is slashing .192/.279/.283 in 111 plate appearances on the season.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 10:29:00 PM

Red Sox recalled OF Daniel Nava from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Nava was just optioned back to Triple-A on Saturday, but is able to return with Mike Carp heading to the disabled list on Sunday. He'll provide additional depth in the outfield and at first base.
Sun, Jun 1, 2014 05:57:00 PM

Red Sox optioned OF Daniel Nava to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Nava was optioned to create room for Rubby De La Rosa, who is starting Saturday's game against the Rays. Nava played in five games after he was called up on May 24, going hitless in 11 trips to the plate. Overall, in 86 plate appearances with the Red Sox this season, Nava is slashing .130/.221/.234 with two home runs and three RBI.
Sat, May 31, 2014 03:30:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Sandy Leon
3Christian Vazquez
1B1Mike Napoli
2Allen Craig
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Pablo Sandoval
LF1Hanley Ramirez
2Daniel Nava
CF1Mookie Betts
RF1Shane Victorino
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rick Porcello
3Wade Miley
4Joe Kelly
5Justin Masterson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koji Uehara
2Edward Mujica
3Junichi Tazawa
4Craig Breslow
5Robbie Ross
6Alexi Ogando
7Tommy Layne
8Dalier Hinojosa
9Brandon Workman