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

Nov 18, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

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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 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.

  1. joestemme - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    With the Red Sox already likely to lose Ellsbury in Center, why would they also trade Nava and lose at least a platooning Left Fielder? This seem like a non-story unless a big trade is in the works (or, suddenly, the Sox seem confident that Ellsbury is re-signing).

  2. pastabelly - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I don’t believe he was “benched” for poor play and Jonny Gomes is probably not viewed as a full-time player either. The Red Sox will lose Ellsbury and will probably be looking to add another outfielder and not trade the ones they have.

    • TheMorningStar - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Your’re correct. Farrell went with his gut instincts and played Gomes.

  3. coloradostupid - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Ahem….. That’s Peavy in the pic, I’m pretty sure.

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