Don’t expect Red Sox to trade Daniel Nava despite playoff benchings

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Daniel Nava spent most of the playoffs on the bench as the Red Sox chose to play Jonny Gomes over him against righties and lefties, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Boston will be “stiff-arming any sort of trade proposal” for Nava this offseason.

General manager Ben Cherington told Bradford that Nava “is a popular guy in baseball” after hitting .303 with an .831 OPS in his first full season at age 30. He’s set to make the minimum salary in 2014 and is under team control through 2017.

Bradford wrote a lengthy piece about why Nava is so important to the Red Sox and how his presence allows them to have flexibility with their potential moves this offseason, although the whole thing is slightly confusing within the context of his playoff benchings. Either way though, don’t expect the Red Sox to shop him around.

Braves sign reliever Will Smith to three-year, $39 million contract

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The Braves announced on Thursday that the club has inked lefty reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $39 million contract with a club option for the 2023 season worth $13 million. Smith received a qualifying offer worth $17.8 million from the Giants, so he opted for a lower average annual value for a longer contract.

Smith, 30, was an All-Star last season with the Giants, finishing with 34 saves, a 2.76 ERA, and a 96/21 K/BB ratio across 65 1/3 innings. Across parts of seven seasons in the majors, he has a 3.53 ERA.

Smith, the top free agent left-handed reliever, will join a strong Braves bullpen which already includes Mark Melancon, Shane Greene, and Sean Newcomb.