Daniel Nava

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Rays claim Daniel Nava off waivers from Red Sox

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have claimed outfielder/first baseman Daniel Nava off waivers from the Red Sox after he was designated for assignment last week.

Nava played a big role for the Red Sox during their 2013 championship season, but he’s struggled to produce since then while getting less and less playing time in Boston.

Nava lacks power, but he has a lifetime .357 on-base percentage and if spotted mostly versus right-handed pitching the 32-year-old can still be a useful role player.

Daniel Nava designated for assignment by the Red Sox

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In need of roster space for new pickups, the Red Sox designated outfielder Daniel Nava for assignment.

Nava hit .303 in 134 games for the Red Sox in 2013, playing a key role in the team’s World Series title as a 30-year-old, but since then he’s hit just .252 with four homers and a .665 OPS in 142 games.

Nava has good on-base skills and can probably still be useful in a part-time role facing mostly right-handed pitchers, but as a 32-year-old corner outfielder with a career .387 slugging percentage the Red Sox deemed him expendable.

Daniel Nava goes on the disabled list with a sprained thumb

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Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava is headed to the disabled list with a sprained thumb, which Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports “he’s been playing through for a while.”

Nava has struggled all season, hitting just .159 with zero homers in 27 games. Nava was previously a solid part-time player for the Red Sox, hitting .278 with good on-base skills and a .768 OPS from 2012-2014.

Boston has no shortage of outfielders, so by the time he gets healthy the Red Sox may not have much playing time available for Nava.