The trade deadline came and went without the Royals doing much of anything, but as we've heard reported before, the Royals will continue to look for opportunities to upgrade through August waiver trades. Now we get word they are looking in on Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava.
Daniel Nava has not yet been put on waivers yet but is starting to draw interest from teams like the Royals and tigers looking for a bat.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) August 11, 2014
Nava is a 31-year old switch-hitting outfielder in his fourth year with the Red Sox. In 1,295 career Major League plate appearances, Nava is hitting .269/.361/.392, with his career best numbers coming in 2013. This year he is hitting .248/.327/.310 in 254 plate appearances with just two home runs and eight doubles. Nava does much better against right-handers in his career, which would make the Royals interest in him a bit curious with left-handers Jarrod Dyson and Nori Aoki already in the outfield (as well as Raul Ibanez, if you want to consider him an outfielder). Nava is hitting .289/.384/.422 against righties in his career compared to just .207/.287/.300 against lefties. Some might say this switch-hitting thing isn't working out.
Nava plays adequately on defense at the corners. He appears to be a decent fourth outfield-type who can draw a walk, but the plunge in power limits his value quite a bit. The fact he doesn't hit lefties well suggests he could be a poor fit for the Royals, but who knows with this wacky team and their roster construction.