This afternoon, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic broke news about the Pittsburgh Pirates inking veteran outfielder and first baseman Daniel Nava to a minor-league deal.
Source: #Pirates signing free-agent OF Daniel Nava to minor-league contract with invitation to major-league spring training. Expectation is that he might become part of LF platoon.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 6, 2018
Nava, 34, has played seven seasons in the big leagues, most recently with the Philadelphia Phillies last season.
In 80 games with the Phillies in 2017, the switch-hitter slashed .301/.393/.421, amassing four home runs and 21 RBI. His most successful season, 2013, served as a major jolt for the 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox — .303 average, 12 home runs and 66 RBI.
Insiders, like Rosenthal, see Nava vying for an outfield spot this spring. Expect him to at least crack the club when the team heads north, serving as a viable option off the bench.
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