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.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: