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2/22/1983 (34 y, 5 d)
$1.4M / 1 Years (2016)
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Nava has never been Plan A for the Red Sox, but in two of the past three seasons he has proven to be a decent Plan B -- and if it wasn't for some Josh Reddick guy in 2011, Nava may have well been a decent Plan B in all of the past three seasons. Power is not a big part of Nava's game, but his patience plays, and with it he has just enough pop to have a league-average bat. While he has a decent arm, Nava doesn't have much range, and the Red Sox have done everything possible to keep him out of right field in the majors. This has limited him to left field, where the team will have Jonny Gomes in 2013. The bigger part of that platoon is currently open, and while the team would likely prefer that Ryan Kalish seize that opportunity, there is a good chance that Nava will see time in left as well -- especially if Kalish ends up being needed in center or right field. As such, Nava isn't a guy you want to be drafting unless you have a very deep American League-only league, but he is certainly a guy to watch on the waiver wire, just in case. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
Nava has proved effective in stretches, but his value in 2013 is tied directly to the fate of Ryan Kalish. Should Kalish prove capable at the major league level, Nava will be relegated to fifth outfielder status.
Daniel Nava's underdog story continued in 2013, as the former team equipment manager at Santa Clara University triple-slashed his way to a .303/.385/.445 line while gobbling up starts at all three outfield positions. The Red Sox have never seemed to consider him more than a fourth outfielder, but he has still proved useful in fantasy for certain stretches of time. Perhaps Nava's most significant contribution comes in on-base percentage leagues, where his .385 mark this past year dwarfed the .320 American League average. He has his warts (he is essentially replacement level from the right side of the dish) but with the Red Sox letting Jacoby Ellsbury walk and passing on Shin-Soo Choo, he figures to share time with Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes, and Jackie Bradley, Jr. in Boston's 2014 outfield. Assuming they don't pick up a big name before spring training, he's a sneaky late-round snag in OBP leagues and will be a nice plug-and-play option in daily leagues. (
The Quick Opinion:
Nava may not be starting-caliber in most fantasy leagues, but he can still be a useful piece if used correctly. With Ellsbury gone and no one else signed to push him off the Sox roster, his above-average walk rate and solid numbers versus righties should keep him in the lineup most days. You could do worse in the late rounds of deeper formats.
After posting a strong season in 2013, it seemed somewhat surreal that righty-masher Daniel Nava was optioned to Triple-A less than a month into the 2014 season. But with the Red Sox possessing a glut of outfielders (and still trying to give Jackie Bradley, Jr. the benefit of the doubt), Nava, who slumped massively in April, became the odd man out. When he returned for good at the beginning of June, he looked a lot like the 2013 vintage, posting a .308/.379/.395 triple slash through the rest of the season. Unfortunately for the switch-hitting outfielder, while his patience returned, his power did not. Nava's isolated slugging percentage, which sat around .145 in 2012-2013, fell dramatically to .091 last season. The good news for the former equipment manager at Santa Clara? His fly ball distance didn't drop; it actually climbed from 270 to 276 feet. Nava's biggest problem was likely the spike in grounders (up 10% last year), so if he can stop pounding the ball into the ground, there's reason to believe he can continue to be an above-average platoon outfielder. The biggest problem facing Nava is Boston's continued outfield logjam once again. The team signed Hanley Ramirez and Rusney Castillo within the last six months and neither are going to ride the pine. Mookie Betts has essentially forced his way into the starting lineup and the team still has a healthy (for now) Shane Victorino ready to return. Nava has to potential to offer sneaky value in OBP leagues when he's in the lineup (especially daily lineup leagues where you can sit him against lefties), but he's likely to either open the season on the bench or in Pawtucket. Leave him on the wire come draft day. (Colin Zarzycki)
The Quick Opinion:
Daniel Nava's overall line took a tumble last season, although a large contributor was an awful April. While his power has waned, there's no reason to think he's lost his solid OBP skills against righties. Unfortunately, the Red Sox have a lot of talented and/or high-priced outfielders which will torpedo Nava's value in non-Triple-A fantasy leagues.
Unless the Angels dip into free agency to grab an outfielder, Nava will likely enter the season in a platoon at left field. He spent four seasons having varied amounts of success as a part-time bat with the Red Sox before things fell apart last season. Nava suffered a thumb injury and dealt with a batting average on balls in play that was 70 points below his career rate. That was enough to get squeezed out of Boston’s crowded outfield. He spent time with the Rays later in the season before being designated for assignment. Nava’s career work against righties (19% better than league average) means he could be useful to the right fantasy team (AL-only, with bench room for a platoon bat) even without any real power upside. Even if the thumb injury that caused last season’s disaster is fully healed, Angel Stadium is death for power and at his best, Nava possessed only mild pull power. He makes a good amount of contact and is patient against all types of pitches, so despite the .194 average of last season he appears to have a decent batting average floor when healthy. A player with these skills is tough to draft in most fantasy leagues and profiles better as an in-season pickup if he hits well.(Adam McFadden)
The Quick Opinion:
Despite currently holding the greater side of a platoon at left field for the Angels, Nava doesn’t currently look to offer much for fantasy owners in 2016. He does make sense for an in-season add for teams that can handle a platoon bat.
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