As the Royals opened a series Monday against the New York Yankees, the club announced the acquisition of veteran Daniel Nava from the Los Angeles Angels.
To complete the deal, the Royals will send the Angels a player to be named later or cash considerations. Nava, 33, could provide depth in the outfield in September. For now, he was assigned to Class AAA Omaha. He was not currently on the Angels’ 40-man roster.
Nava, a switch-hitter, has the ability to play both corner outfield positions and first base. He played in 45 games for the Angels this season, batting .235 with a .309 on-base percentage, five doubles and one homer. The timing of the deal suggests that Nava could join the Royals when rosters expand in September.
Nava was designated for assignment on July 30 and spent most of August with Class AAA Salt Lake, hitting .365 with six doubles in 22 games. He cleared outright waivers, which allowed him to be traded after the non-waiver trade deadline.
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Nava is a six-year veteran who spent 2010 to 2015 with the Boston Red Sox. In 2013, he hit .303 with a .385 on-base percentage, 12 homers and 29 doubles in 134 games. The Red Sox won the World Series that season, beating the St. Louis Cardinals in six games.