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.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.