Royals add depth for stretch run, acquire Nava from Angels
With major league rosters due to expand on Thursday, the Kansas City Royals added some depth on Monday night, trading for a player who could join the roster for the stretch run.
The Royals announced that they have acquired infielder/outfielder Daniel Nava and cash considerations from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The 33-year-old Nava was not on the Angels' 40-man roster at the time of the deal, and the Royals will assign him to Triple-A Omaha.
The switch-hitting infielder/outfielder has played in 45 games for the Angels this season, hitting .235 with five doubles, a homer and 13 runs batted in. He was designated for assignment on July 30 and has spent a majority of August with Triple-A Salt Lake, hitting .365 with six doubles, a homer and 13 RBI in 22 games after clearing outright waivers.
Nava is a six-year Major League veteran who has spent time with Boston (2010-15), Tampa Bay (2015) and the Angels (2016) during his career. His best season came with the Red Sox in 2013, when he hit .303 with 29 doubles, 12 homers and 66 runs batted in through a career-high 134 games. During that season, he ranked fifth in the American League in on-base percentage (.385) and eighth in batting average.