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Daniel Nava | Outfielder

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/22/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 200
Bats / Throws: Switch / Left
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Daniel Nava went 3-for-4 with a trio of singles and a run scored in Friday's loss to the Royals.
The Rays claimed Nava off waivers from the Red Sox on August 5, as Boston DFA'ed him due to a .152/.260/.182 triple-slash over 78 plate appearances. He might not be a destroyer of worlds, but he's a better hitter than those numbers. Since joining the Rays, he's 11-for-39. Aug 28 - 10:51 PM

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Daniel Nava hit his first homer of the season Wednesday off the Twins' Tyler Duffey.

Nava also walked in the game. He's 6-for-31 with six walks in 14 games with the Rays, and he's probably in line for more playing time again if Desmond Jennings misses more action.
Aug 26 - 10:54 PM

Rays claimed OF Daniel Nava off waivers from the Red Sox.

Nava has hit just .152/.260/.182 in 78 plate appearances this season, but he was a career .273/.362/.398 batter before 2015 so it's no surprise he got scooped up on waivers. The Rays should use him quite a bit at the corner outfield spots and also possibly in the designated hitter slot.
Aug 5 - 10:47 AM

Red Sox designated OF Daniel Nava for assignment.

Nava was batting just .152/.260/.182 in 78 plate appearances this season for the Red Sox, but he's had some past success at the major league level and will likely draw interest on waivers. Boston needed to clear a roster spot for new reliever Jean Machi.
Jul 30 - 3:39 PM

Red Sox activated OF Daniel Nava from the 15-day disabled list.

Nava was out for almost two months with a sprained thumb. The 32-year-old first baseman and corner outfielder had a homer and eight RBI on his 10-game rehab assignment.
Jul 21 - 5:02 PM

Daniel Nava (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.

He'll serve as the designated hitter Thursday before then playing some outfield. It's not clear how many rehab games Nava will need, but he would seem to have a good chance to be activated prior to the All-Star break.
Jul 1 - 11:06 AM

Daniel Nava (thumb) took batting practice on the field Saturday at Tropicana Field.

He'll do the same in Toronto and if all goes well, he should begin a rehab assignment when the Red Sox return home on Friday. Nava enjoyed a breakout season in 2013 but has hit just .254 in 428 at-bats since with four homers and 44 RBI. It's going to be tough for him to find playing time in Boston's crowded outfield, though he could get a chance at first base if Mike Napoli continues to struggle.
Jun 29 - 8:18 AM

Daniel Nava (thumb) hit in the batting cage on Tuesday.

He's hoping to take batting practice on the field soon. There remains no timetable for Nava's activation from the disabled list, but he's obviously making strides.
Jun 23 - 8:02 PM

Red Sox placed OF Daniel Nava on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 26, with a sprained left thumb.

It was obvious that something would have to give with Carlos Peguero joining the team, so putting Nava on the disabled list enables the Red Sox to keep him in the organization rather than expose him to waivers. The 32-year-old is batting just .159/.250/.190 through 27 games this season and the thumb injury has apparently been bothering him for a while.
May 28 - 4:53 PM

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

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. 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.
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

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