Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that while outfielder Daniel Nava has yet to be placed on revocable waivers this month by the Red Sox, he’s already drawing trade interest from teams like the Royals and Tigers.
Nava could prove valuable in a part-time role for either club down the stretch. Right now, the Royals have waiver priority over the Tigers, but that could change as soon as tonight. Of course, this whole scenario could be rendered moot if somebody else claims Nava first. Even throwing out the motivation of blocking him from getting to a contender, he could be an appealing bounceback target for other teams.
Nava is batting just .248/.327/.310 with two home runs and 15 RBI over 71 games this season, but he hit .303 with 12 home runs and an .830 OPS in 2013. The 31-year-old will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and is under team control through 2017.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.