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Report: Royals and Tigers interested in trading for Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava

Aug 11, 2014, 6:25 PM EDT

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that while outfielder Daniel Nava has yet to be placed on revocable waivers this month by the Red Sox, he’s already drawing trade interest from teams like the Royals and Tigers.

Nava could prove valuable in a part-time role for either club down the stretch. Right now, the Royals have waiver priority over the Tigers, but that could change as soon as tonight. Of course, this whole scenario could be rendered moot if somebody else claims Nava first. Even throwing out the motivation of blocking him from getting to a contender, he could be an appealing bounceback target for other teams.

Nava is batting just .248/.327/.310 with two home runs and 15 RBI over 71 games this season, but he hit .303 with 12 home runs and an .830 OPS in 2013. The 31-year-old will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and is under team control through 2017.

  1. Caught Looking - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    He’ll get claimed before he even makes it to the Royals or Tigers.

    • uyf1950 - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      I could see the Yankees putting in a claim for him before he gets to either the Royals or the Tigers. The Red Sox probably won’t let him go to the Yankees so they pull him back and that’s that.

  2. pwshrugged - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Yes, let’s give away some prospects to try and patch the outfield hole/lack of bench depth left by the Price trade.

  3. miedwards - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Royals just got Willingham. That more than likely takes them out of the sweepstakes.

  4. SocraticGadfly - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    I find it amazing that the Tigers are still only half a game ahead of the Royals. Do we start calling Tigertown, with all the spending, Bronx Midwest at some point?

  5. scoochpooch - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Looking at past deals which MLB allows for some reason, LuckSox will likely receive Verlander, Scherzer, Cabrera, and Avila for just Nava.

    • joerymi - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      …or cash and a player to be named later.

      • j0esixpack - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        Correct – I think that’s what these post trade deadline deals usually are, no?

  6. 18thstreet - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Nava got off to a terrible start, but since his recall from AAA, he’s been decent. He’s a valuable right-handed part of a platoon.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      You can be forgiven for not noticing or remembering that Nava is a switch hitter since he’s been pathetic batting righty. In fact, your error may have predictive value going forward, since some coach soon will tell him to only bat lefty.

      • 18thstreet - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        Brain fart. I meant that he handles righty pitchers well and didn’t proof read before I posted. He’s lousy against lefties. Thankfully, most pitchers are right-handed.

  7. slaugin - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    He’s actually a switch hitter and is much better from the left side vs. righty’s

  8. joerymi - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    If the Tigers are looking for outfield help, Nava is a much better choice than Rios (even without the ankle issue). Much cheaper, gives you defense, switch hitter, OBP slightly higher than Rios. Certainly, Rios gives you quite a bit more power (this season), but the increased power isn’t enough to take on that silly contract, even with a buyout next year.

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