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.
Shohei Ohtani made it pretty clear early in the posting process that he was not going to consider east coast teams. As such, it’s understandable if east coast teams didn’t stop all work in order to put together an Ohtani pitch before he signed with the Angels. The Baltimore Orioles, however, didn’t do so for a somewhat different reason than all of the other also-rans.
Their reason, as explained by general manager Dan Duquette on MLB Network Radio yesterday was “because philosophically we don’t participate on the posting part of it.” Suggesting that, as a matter of policy, they will not even attempt to sign Japanese players via the posting system.
Like I said, that probably didn’t make a hill of beans’ difference when it came to Ohtani, who was unlikely to give the O’s the time of day. I find it really weird, though, that the Orioles would totally reject the idea of signing Japanese players via the posting system on policy grounds. None of their opponents are willing to unilaterally disarm in that fashion, I presume.
More than that, though, why would you make that philosophy public? Don’t you want your rivals to think you’re in competition with them in all facets of the game? Don’t you want your fans to think that you’ll stop at nothing to improve the team?
An odd thing to say for Duquette. I don’t know quite why he’d say such a thing.