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.
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.