Boston Red Sox
current status: On roster
#29 OF | 5'11", 200 lbs. | Boston
Birth Date:February 22, 1983 (31 years old) Place of Birth:Redwood City, CA Hometown:Redwood City, CA
Drafted:Signed by Boston in 2008.
Drafted:Signed by Boston in 2008.
|Assets:||Boasts a pretty solid bat, which is enhanced by his ability to switch-hit. Is plenty patient.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't have much athleticism, so he's not much of a glove man or base-runner.|
|Career Potential:||Backup outfielder.|
Movements & Injuries
|3/07/2014||Re-signed by the Boston Red Sox to a one-year contract.|
|8/08/2013||Missed 3 games (paternity leave list).|
|8/05/2013||Paternity leave list, day-to-day.|
|3/04/2013||Re-signed by the Boston Red Sox to a one-year contract.|
|9/09/2012||Missed 16 games (sprained left wrist).|
|8/25/2012||Sprained left wrist, 15-day DL (retroactive to August 23rd, 2012).|
|8/21/2012||Missed 18 games (sprained left wrist).|
|8/01/2012||Sprained left wrist, 15-day DL (retroactive to July 29th, 2012).|
|6/15/2012||Missed 3 games (sore left hand).|
|6/10/2012||Sore left hand, day-to-day.|
|5/10/2012||Contract purchased from Pawtucket (AAA).|
|5/26/2011||Outrighted to Pawtucket (AAA).|
|5/20/2011||Designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox.|
|3/20/2011||Optioned to Pawtucket (AAA).|
|3/08/2011||Re-signed by the Boston Red Sox to a one-year contract.|
|8/17/2010||Recalled from Pawtucket (AAA).|
|8/04/2010||Optioned to Pawtucket (AAA).|
|8/02/2010||Recalled from Pawtucket (AAA).|
|7/22/2010||Optioned to Pawtucket (AAA).|
|6/12/2010||Contract purchased from Pawtucket (AAA).|
|1/13/2008||Signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Boston Red Sox.|
Nava the only source of pop in Red Sox loss | 04/15/2014 11:49 PM
NewsDaniel Nava went 1-for-3 with a solo home run as the Red Sox were defeated by the White Sox on Tuesday.
ImpactNava tied the game at 1-1 with a fourth-inning solo homer off of Erik Johnson, one of only three hits the Red Sox mustered on the night. It was the second homer of the season for Nava, who has otherwise not hit much to begin the season.
Daniel Nava homers against Yankees | 04/10/2014 10:41 PM
NewsDaniel Nava homered off Michael Pineda for the Red Sox's lone run Thursday against the Yankees.
ImpactIt's the first contribution he's made this season. Not only is Nava hitting just .139, but he has a 10/1 K/BB ratio in 36 at-bats. He could lose at-bats to Jonny Gomes and Mike Carp if he doesn't pull out of it soon.
Nava doubles in Red Sox' loss to Brewers | 04/06/2014 5:25 PM
NewsDaniel Nava went 1-for-4 with a double in the Red Sox' loss to the Brewers on Sunday.
ImpactBatting leadoff, Nava hit his first double of the season but the Red Sox were held scoreless in the game. After a surprising 2013 in which he hit .303 in 458 at-bats, Nava is batting just .115 to begin the year.
Daviel Nava goes 0-for-5 leading off | 03/31/2014 6:40 PM
NewsDaniel Nava went 0-for-5 as Boston's leadoff man in Monday's loss.
ImpactThe Red Sox didn't want to test Grady Sizemore with the leadoff spot right away, but we'll see how long that will last. Nava will get on base against righties, so he's hardly a bad choice for the leadoff spot. That said, he's not the Red Sox's ideal option, either.
Daniel Nava could see some time in CF | 03/18/2014 1:17 PM
NewsRed Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday that Daniel Nava could see some time in center field by the end of spring training.
Gordon Edes on Twitter
ImpactFarrell said he doesn't want to invite speculation on what that might mean, so don't take this as a sign that Jackie Bradley, Jr. will begin the year in the minor leagues. However, it's clear that Grady Sizemore's impressive spring has changed things.
Daniel Nava to return to action Saturday | 02/28/2014 9:49 AM
NewsDaniel Nava (neck) will make his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday.
Scott Lauber on Twitter
ImpactNava is finally over the neck issue that he's dealt with over the last week. The 31-year-old will start in left field against right-handed pitching this season for the Red Sox.
Daniel Nava (neck) could play Friday | 02/27/2014 7:50 PM
NewsDaniel Nava (neck) could play in the Red Sox' Grapefruit League opener Friday.
ImpactNava has been nursing a sore neck for the last week but is obviously feeling better. The outfielder batted .303/.385/.445 with 12 home runs and 66 RBI in 134 games for the Red Sox last season.
Nava still being slowed in camp by sore neck | 02/24/2014 12:39 PM
NewsDaniel Nava is still being slowed by a sore neck.
John Tomase on Twitter
ImpactNava has been able to do defensive drills, but he'll refrain from hitting for a few more days. The minor soreness should not affect his status for the beginning of the 2014 regular season. Nava, 31, batted .303/.385/.445 with 12 home runs and 66 RBI in 134 games last year and is expected to start in left field for Boston in 2014.
Nava misses batting practice with sore neck | 02/22/2014 2:19 PM
NewsDaniel Nava missed batting practice and Friday and Saturday due to stiffness in his neck.
Nick Cafardo on Twitter
ImpactThe issue is expected to be minor and he'll attempt to get back on the field on Sunday. The 31-year-old had a breakout season offensively in 2013, slashing .303/.385/.445 with 12 bombs and 66 RBI, and could be a candidate to hit leadoff for the Red Sox this coming season.
Nava starting over Gomes in left in Game 3 | 10/26/2013 4:13 PM
NewsDaniel Nava is starting in left field and batting fifth for the Red Sox in Saturday's Game 3 of the World Series.
Scott Lauber on Twitter
ImpactIt's Nava's first start of the series after starting two games in the ALCS. The left fielder doubled in Game 1 after entering as a substitute. The complete Red Sox lineup is Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Nava, Xander Bogaerts, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Stephen Drew and starting pitcher Jake Peavy.
Daniel Nava to start in left field for Game 3 | 10/25/2013 7:23 PM
NewsRed Sox manager John Farrell confirmed Friday that Daniel Nava will start in left field for Game 3 of the World Series against the Cardinals on Saturday.
Sean McAdam on Twitter
ImpactNava is a much better defensive outfielder than Jonny Gomes, who has started four of the last six games in left field for the Red Sox, and Farrell prefers Nava patrolling the spacious grounds in St. Louis.
Nava to start in left field in St. Louis | 10/23/2013 2:58 PM
NewsRed Sox manager John Farrell said on WEEI on Wednesday that Daniel Nava will start in left field once the World Series shifts to St. Louis.
Tim Britton on Twitter
ImpactFarrell has opted to use Jonny Gomes in left field for four out of the last six games and he'll likely stick with the same arrangement for the start of the World Series. However, he wants to use Nava with the bigger outfield in St. Louis.
Nava starting in LF for Game 4 of ALCS | 10/16/2013 3:43 PM
NewsDaniel Nava is starting in left field for Game 4 of the ALCS against the Tigers.
Rob Bradford on Twitter
ImpactJonny Gomes started in left field for the previous two games of the series, but Nava is back in there against right-hander Doug Fister. The full Boston lineup: Jacoby Ellsbury CF, Shane Victorino RF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, David Ortiz DH, Mike Napoli 1B, Nava LF, Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, Stephen Drew SS, Will Middlebrooks 3B. Jake Peavy will make the start for the Red Sox.
Daniel Nava to start in LF Wednesday | 10/15/2013 9:01 PM
NewsDaniel Nava will start in left field in Wednesday's Game 3 versus the Tigers.
Rob Bradford on Twitter
ImpactNava was on the bench in favor of Jonny Gomes for the last two games of the series even though he had the team's lone hit and reached base twice in Game 1. The outfielder sports a .250/.455/.250 batting line during the playoffs after hitting .303/.385/.445 in the regular season.
Nava starting again in left in Game 4 vs. TB | 10/08/2013 4:19 PM
NewsDaniel Nava is starting again in left field as the Red Sox take on the Rays in Game 4 of the ALDS.
Rob Bradford on Twitter
ImpactNava also started in Game 3 after sitting out for Jonny Gomes in Games 1 and 2. The full Boston lineup: Jacoby Ellsbury CF, Shane Victorino RF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, David Ortiz DH, Mike Napoli 1B, Daniel Nava LF, Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, Stephen Drew SS, Will Middlebrooks 3B. Jake Peavy is the Game 4 starting pitcher.
Nava gets the nod in LF in Game 3 of ALDS | 10/07/2013 3:22 PM
NewsDaniel Nava is stating in left field for the Red Sox in Monday's ALDS Game 3 versus the Rays.
Pete Abraham on Twitter
ImpactJonny Gomes started over Nava in the first two games of this five-game set against a pair of Rays left-handers. Nava gets the nod in Game 3 with the Red Sox up 2-0. Boston's full lineup: Jacoby Ellsbury CF, Shane Victorino RF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, David Ortiz DH, Mike Napoli 1B, Daniel Nava LF, Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, Stephen Drew SS, Will Middlebrooks 3B. Clay Buchholz will be the starting pitcher.
Daniel Nava expected to start in Game 3 | 10/06/2013 4:15 PM
NewsRed Sox manager John Farrell indicated Sunday that Daniel Nava is likely to start in left field for Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday.
Rob Bradford on Twitter
ImpactNava sat out the first two games in favor of Jonny Gomes as the Red Sox were opposing a pair of tough southpaws in Matt Moore and David Price. The 30-year-old outfielder had a breakout season offensively, slashing .303/.385/.445 with 12 homers and 66 RBI in 134 games.
Nava has four hits in victory over Yankees | 09/16/2013 12:04 AM
NewsDaniel Nava had a solid day at the dish, going 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles in Sunday's 9-2 victory over the Yankees.
ImpactNava also scored a run and picked up an RBI on the evening. His RBI single off Adam Warren in the sixth inning extended the Red Sox advantage to 6-1, putting the game even further out of reach. Getting his first real shot at an everyday role, the 30-year-old outfielder has blossomed this season, hitting .306/.392/.452 with 11 homers and 62 RBI in 124 games.
Nava reaches base four times in loss to DET | 09/02/2013 4:43 PM
NewsDaniel Nava finished 3-for-3 in a loss to the Tigers on Monday afternoon at Fenway Park.
ImpactNava also walked, reaching base in all four of his plate appearances. He now has a .387 on-base percentage, which ranks near the top of the American League leaderboard.
Red Sox activate Nava from paternity leave | 08/08/2013 5:11 PM
NewsRed Sox activated OF Daniel Nava from the paternity leave list.
ImpactNava missed Boston's three-game series against the Astros to be present for the birth of his daughter. He's starting at first base in his return Thursday against the Royals.
Red Sox place OF Nava on paternity leave | 08/05/2013 2:43 PM
NewsRed Sox placed OF Daniel Nava on paternity leave.
ImpactNava will be excused for Boston's entire three-game series with the Astros. Brandon Workman was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill the vacant roster spot.
Daniel Nava to go on paternity leave | 08/04/2013 11:21 AM
NewsDaniel Nava will be placed on paternity leave for the upcoming series against the Astros.
Brian MacPherson on Twitter
ImpactNava will miss all three games before returning next weekend in Kansas City. Brandon Workman will be called up to replace him on the roster.
Daniel Nava caps Boston's comeback win | 08/01/2013 11:17 PM
NewsDaniel Nava delivered a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth as the Red Sox overcame a 7-1 deficit to beat the Mariners 8-7.
ImpactAfter Felix Hernandez left, the Red Sox got a homer from Shane Victorino in the eighth and then exploded for six runs in the ninth, with Nava's bases-loaded "single" to the wall in center field ending it and completing a three-game sweep. The hit gave Nava his first RBI since the All-Star break. He's lost playing time of late, and he was making just his fourth start of the second half tonight.
Nava extends hitting streak to seven games | 07/11/2013 10:41 PM
NewsDaniel Nava extended his hitting streak to seven games in Thursday's win against the Mariners.
ImpactHe finished 1-for-6 with an RBI. Nava ranks ninth in the American League with a .380 on-base percentage. He's been money in the fantasy categories as well, batting .293 to go with 10 homers, 52 RBI and 51 runs.
Nava's home run lifts Red Sox over Rays 2-1 | 06/12/2013 10:54 PM
NewsDaniel Nava hit a two-run homer to lead the Red Sox past the Rays 2-1 on Wednesday.
ImpactChris Archer and five relievers held the Sox to just five hits on the night, but Nava's two-run blast in the third inning was enough to give his team the win. The homer was his ninth, and he's hitting .299 with 44 RBI this year. He's got a shot at his first All-Star berth with how he's performed over the first two and a half months.
Nava scores four times, Sox rout Rangers 17-5 | 06/04/2013 10:47 PM
NewsDaniel Nava went 3-for-4 with four runs scored as the Red Sox demolished the Rangers 17-5 on Tuesday.
ImpactNava doubled twice and scored all four times he was on base on the evening. His breakout season continues, as Nava is now batting .307/.405/.500 through 52 games.
Daniel Nava goes 4-for-6, homers in rout | 06/01/2013 11:05 PM
NewsDaniel Nava went 4-for-6 with a three-run homer and four RBI against the Yankees on Saturday.
ImpactJust when it looked like Nava was fading a bit -- he had been 4-for-23 with eight strikeouts in his previous six games -- he goes and turns in his third career four-hit game. He's up to eight homers and 37 RBI for the season, with a .400 OBP to boot.
Nava goes 0-for-5 with 2 strikeouts in win | 05/28/2013 3:50 AM
NewsDaniel Nava went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in a win against the Phillies Monday.
ImpactMemorial Day's dud snapped Nava's six-game hitting streak and dropped his batting average 10 points, to .289. He's been a pleasant fantasy surprise through two months, tallying six homers, 32 RBI and 27 runs in 45 games. Owners are beginning to take Nava more seriously, as evidenced by the 20.7% of ESPN leagues that have added him over the past week, leaving him owned in 83.9% associations.
Daniel Nava not in Tuesday's lineup | 05/07/2013 3:01 PM
NewsDaniel Nava is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Twins.
Scott Lauber on Twitter
ImpactHe'll take a seat with left-hander Scott Diamond on the hill for Minnesota. Jonny Gomes will start in left field and bat sixth. Meanwhile, Shane Victorino will hit second.
Nava continues hitting, Sox beat Blue Jays | 05/01/2013 10:14 PM
NewsDaniel Nava went 2-for-5 with a home run Wednesday, and the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays.
ImpactNava's home run was his fifth of the year, and the outfielder is now hitting .296 on the season. He's been a pleasant surprise in the early going, racking up 18 RBI and 17 runs scored. The 30-year-old is likely playing above his head, but his spot in the lineup isn't in jeopardy and he's getting results. He's worth owning in deep mixed leagues while he's performing.
Daniel Nava plays hero in win over Royals | 04/20/2013 4:55 PM
NewsDaniel Nava launched a go-ahead three-run homer in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Royals.
ImpactOn a special day in Boston, Nava continues to add to his legend. The Red Sox were down by one run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but Nava turned on a pitch from Kelvin Herrera and sent it into the bullpen beyond the eight field fence. The 30-year-old is now hitting .342/.460/.684 with four home runs, 14 RBI and a 1.144 OPS in 12 games.
Nava knocks in two runs in win over Tribe | 04/18/2013 10:28 PM
NewsDaniel Nava knocked in two runs Thursday in a win over the Indians.
ImpactNava finished the day 1-for-2 with a walk. He had an RBI single in the top of the second inning and a sacrifice fly to cap off a three-run seventh. Jackie Bradley Jr. is expected to be demoted Friday when David Ortiz (heels) is activated from the disabled list, so Nava should continue to get semi-regular playing time. The 30-year-old should be owned in AL-only leagues and may even have some value in deeper mixed leagues which allow daily lineup changes.
Daniel Nava picks up two hits | 04/03/2013 10:59 PM
NewsDaniel Nava went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's victory over the Yankees.
ImpactHe also drew a walk. Every Red Sox batter reached base at least once in the 13-hit, seven-run showing. Nava was starting his first game of the season and should continue to see starts against right-handed pitching until David Ortiz returns.
Nava batting second Wednesday vs. Yankees | 04/03/2013 3:40 PM
NewsDaniel Nava will bat second and serve as the designated hitter Wednesday against the Yankees.
ImpactRed Sox manager John Farrell said during spring training that he was considering batting Nava second against right-handed pitching and he's doing exactly that with Hiroki Kuroda on the hill for the Bombers. Shane Victorino has been moved down to the seventh spot in the order while Jonny Gomes is on the bench.
Nava could bat second against right-handers | 03/20/2013 11:05 AM
NewsRed Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday that Daniel Nava is a candidate to bat second against right-handers.
Scott Lauber on Twitter
ImpactJust in case it wasn't obvious already, this would seem to indicate that Nava is a pretty safe lock to make the Opening Day roster. The 30-year-old batted .243/.352/.390 with six home runs and a .742 OPS in 88 games with the Red Sox last season and is slated to share playing time with Jonny Gomes in left field. He could have sneaky value in AL-only leagues if Farrell decides to hit him second.
Daniel Nava transitioning well to first base | 03/08/2013 7:45 PM
NewsRed Sox manager John Farrell indicated Friday that he's been pleased with how Daniel Nava has seamlessly transitioned to first base this spring.
ImpactWhile he's not going to be an everyday player, the added versatility should earn Nava a spot as a bench player on the Opening Day roster. Barring injury to Mike Napoli or one of the Red Sox corner outfielders, Nava holds little-to-no value in most fantasy formats.
Nava will still get a look at first base | 02/21/2013 2:19 PM
NewsRed Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that Daniel Nava will still get reps at first base this spring even after the recent acquisition of Mike Carp.
Scott Lauber on Twitter
ImpactNava hasn't played the position in pro ball, but increasing his versatility can only help justify his inclusion on the Opening Day roster. As of now, he figures to see part-time at-bats in left field.
Daniel Nava getting reps at 1B | 02/15/2013 2:48 PM
NewsDaniel Nava is getting some reps at first base during spring training.
ImpactNava hasn't played the position since junior college, but he'll increase his chances at earning an Opening Day roster spot if he can increase his versatility. "It's going in the right direction, at least I'd like to think it is," said Nava. "I think if you would've talked to me two weeks ago when I started, I think I would've had a different answer. But I still have a lot to learn. It's so new. I think I'm feeling more comfortable, at least from what I've been exposed to."
Daniel Nava open to playing first base | 01/23/2013 11:44 AM
NewsDaniel Nava is open to playing some first base, but hasn't been asked by the Red Sox.
Evan Drellich on Twitter
ImpactNava has never played first base professionally, but the Red Sox could give him a look there as potential insurance for the newly-signed Mike Napoli, who has a degenerative hip condition. As of now, Nava projects to make the Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder.
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|Date||Team||Opp||POS||AB||R||H||2B||3B||HR||RBI||BB||K||SB||CS||YTD OBP||YTD SLG||YTD AVG||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|At Bats||5||2 times-last:vs. Mil||last:Apr 5||6|
|Runs||2||at Bal||Apr 2||4|
|Hits||1||7 times-last:at ChA||last:Apr 15||4|
|Doubles||1||vs. Mil||Apr 6||2|
|Home Runs||1||2 times-last:at ChA||last:Apr 15||1|
|Total Bases||4||2 times-last:at ChA||last:Apr 15||7|
|Extra-Base Hits||1||3 times-last:at ChA||last:Apr 15||2|
|Runs Batted In||1||3 times-last:at ChA||last:Apr 15||4|
|Base on Balls||1||3 times-last:at NYA||last:Apr 13||2|
|Times on Base||3||vs. Tex||Apr 7||4|
|Stolen Bases||1||at NYA||Apr 12||0|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|At Bats||458||2013 (Bos)|
|Home Runs||12||2013 (Bos)|
|Total Bases||204||2013 (Bos)|
|Extra-Base Hits||41||2013 (Bos)|
|Runs Batted In||66||2013 (Bos)|
|Base on Balls||51||2013 (Bos)|
|Times on Base||205||2013 (Bos)|
|Stolen Bases||3||2012 (Bos)|
|Caught Stealing||2||2013 (Bos)|
|Batting Average||.303||2013 (Bos)|
|On Base Percentage||.385||2013 (Bos)|
|Slugging Percentage||.445||2013 (Bos)|