Daniel Nava

Daniel Nava claimed off waivers by Rays

Rob Bradford
August 05, 2015 - 7:49 am

According to a major league source, former Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava has been claimed off waivers by the Rays. (CBSSports was first to report the news.) The 32-year-old Nava had been designated for assignment by the Red Sox on July 30. The order of priority for waiver claim goes by current record, with whatever league the team executing the transaction resides in getting first crack. (In other words, in this case the worst team in the American League would get priority to select a player ahead of the worst team in the National League.) Tampa Bay enters Wednesday's action at 54-54, two games out of the final wild card spot. Two teams, Minnesota and Baltimore, reside in front of Tampa for that last playoff position, with the Angels and Blue Jays currently sitting in the wild card slots. The Rays will be on the hook to pay Nava the remainder of his $1.85 million salary for 2015 (approximately $617,000, according to MLB Trade Rumors). He remains arbitration-eligible for the next two seasons. Nava recently came off the 15-day disabled list after experiencing thumb and wrist issues. The switch-hitter was 10-for-66 with eight walks and two doubles for the Red Sox this season, managing just one hit in 11 at-bats against lefties. He figures to slot into the role left behind by the recently traded David DeJesus, with Nava coming off a 2014 season in which he managed a .323 batting average and .810 OPS against righties from June 1 until the end of the schedule. Nava's best season came in 2013 when he played in 134 games and compiled a .303 batting average and .831 OPS.