Daniel Nava
Daniel Nava
35-Year-Old OutfielderOF
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Out
Injury Back
Est. Return 2/1/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates in March of 2018.
Not cleared for baseball activities
OFPittsburgh Pirates  
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July 12, 2018
Nava (back) has yet to receive clearance to participate in baseball activities and is expected to return to his native Arizona to continue his rehab in the near future, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Nava, who signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates in the offseason, saw his bid for an Opening Day roster spot come to a close after requiring back surgery in February. With the 35-year-old having yet to even take batting practice in just about five months, it's looking increasingly unlikely that he'll play at any level in 2018.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
+54%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+102%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .608 61 4 1 7 0 .200 .328 .280
Since 2016vs Right .743 301 28 4 27 1 .281 .359 .384
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .581 58 2 1 7 0 .188 .310 .271
2017vs Right .897 156 19 3 14 1 .341 .423 .474
2016vs Left 1.167 3 2 0 0 0 .500 .667 .500
2016vs Right .579 145 9 1 13 0 .219 .290 .289
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
+34%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .642 148 14 1 5 0 .233 .324 .318
Since 2016Away .776 214 18 4 29 1 .293 .374 .402
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home .671 80 9 0 2 0 .250 .363 .309
2017Away .897 134 12 4 19 1 .330 .410 .487
2016Home .607 68 5 1 3 0 .213 .279 .328
2016Away .573 80 6 0 10 0 .232 .313 .261
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Nava won a major-league job out of spring training, but he ended up making three trips to the DL, twice for hamstring issues and later for a back strain. He fared well when on the field, hitting .301/.393/.421 in 214 plate appearances, good for a 119 wRC+. That line was propped up a bit by a .357 BABIP (.325 for his career), but also could be attributed in part to a more pull-heavy approach. He pulled 44.2 percent of his batted balls last year, up significantly from his career average of 35.5 percent. Nava has a chance to provide some value to a team as a fourth or fifth outfielder, though his upside for fantasy owners is limited, as he's unlikely to get enough at-bats to be relevant in most formats. If the playing time opens up for him, he has a chance at contributing a solid batting average, but he's already 34 years old and has never had much power or speed.
Nava hoped to rebound in 2016 following a disastrous 2015 season where he hit .194 in 60 games with Tampa Bay and Boston. While his 2016 season with the Angels and Royals was better, it wasn’t nearly the comeback season he would have hoped. He slashed .223/.297/.292 with one home run, 13 RBI and seven extra base hits. He struggled to draw walks, as his walk rate dropped to a career-low 6.8 percent, far below his 12 percent walk rate in 2015. His isolated power also dropped to .069 and he struck out 20.3 percent of the time, which does not bode well for increasing pinch-hit opportunities. A former .300 hitter for the Red Sox in 2013, he'll probably find a minor league contract and try to earn a big league spot due to his defensive versatility and past offensive successes, though he’ll be 34 in February.
A year ago, Nava looked like a competent bench bat in Boston that was worth keeping around due to his switch-hitting. His 2015 season changed that. He was brutally bad to begin the year in Boston, hitting .152/.260/.182 in 78 plate appearances before hitting the DL with a thumb injury and then getting designated for assignment a week after his activation. He saw his performance tick up in Tampa Bay, hitting .233/.364/.301 in 88 plate appearances, but still nowhere near his 2013 and 2014 seasons. He signed a one-year deal with the Angels this offseason -- one of the few teams in baseball with an opening in the outfield that Nava could realistically fill. Look for him to open the year in the strong side of a platoon with Craig Gentry, although it is highly unlikely he performs well enough to be useful in mixed leagues.
Nava, coming off a career year in 2013, appeared poised to claim a bigger role in 2014 with the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury and following Shane Victorino's hamstring injury. He opened the season as the starting right fielder and leadoff hitter, but went immediately into a slump. He was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket in late April with a .140 batting average. After two months, he returned to Boston and was their best hitter from June through September, hitting .308 with a .379 on-base percentage. In a righty-heavy lineup, Nava provides some left-handed balance, though there will likely be fewer opportunities for him in what has become a very crowded Boston outfield.
Nava played a career-high 134 games in 2013 and didn't experience a drop off in production throughout the season as he had in previous stints with Boston. As a matter of fact, he was among the top 20 in batting average and on-base percentage. Nava also added position flexibility by playing first base and gives manager John Farrell an indispensable tool when making out a lineup. The switch-hitting Nava was deployed in seven different spots in the batting order. The sustained offensive production and improved defensive skills makes Nava an important cog heading into 2014. Depending on how the Red Sox address the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury in center field, Nava could move into a full-time starting role as a right-fielder.
For the second time in three seasons, Nava gave the Red Sox an unexpected lift. He started off very well by hitting .302 with an .896 OPS in May and June, before slumping in July and sustaining a wrist injury in August. The Red Sox understand that Nava cannot be exposed in the starting lineup for a long stretch of time, so at best, he will hook on as a fourth or fifth outfielder. The offseason additions of Jonny Gomes and Shane Victorino pushes Nava further down the outfield depth chart. There are still moving parts to Boston's outfield situation: will Jacoby Ellsbury be around all of 2013? Will they sign another outfielder beyond Gomes and Victorino? Plus, there is competition between Nava and Ryan Kalish for a depth job. The organization appreciates his professional effort, a trait in little supply on this franchise the last couple of years, and he has improved his defense. Optimally, for Boston, Nava is serving in a backup role.
The Daniel Nava story -- from Independent League player to hitting a grand slam on his first major-league pitch -- was one of the nicer moments for the Red Sox in 2010, but that's likely the final chapter for him in Boston. He's certainly hit at every minor league stop and started that way in Boston, but major league pitchers eventually figured him out, as Nava hit just .185 (.235 slugging) following the All-Star break. If the Red Sox avoid the outfield injuries they sustained in 2010, Nava will not be on the active roster in 2011.
Nava, an undrafted free agent that toiled in the independent leagues, has worked his way up to Triple-A at age 27. His slight build has worked against him every step of the way, but Nava has done nothing but hit since joining the Red Sox organization, though he's always been 2-3 years older than the competition. Heading into 2010, Nava needs to put some polish on his outfield defense and become more consitent from both sides of the plate (he's a switch hitter).
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Setback in rehab
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May 23, 2018
Nava (back) had a minor setback and is no longer running, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
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Reassigned to minors
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March 27, 2018
The Pirates reassigned Nava to their minor-league camp Monday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Officially back with Pittsburgh
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March 23, 2018
Nava (back) signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates on Friday, Liz Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Could rejoin Pittsburgh
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March 20, 2018
Nava may agree to a contract with the Pirates in the coming days, Elizabeth Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Released by Pittsburgh
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March 20, 2018
Nava (back) was released by the Pirates on Monday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
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