With the Red Sox Nava spent most of his time platooning and as a corner outfielder resigned to being a switch-hitting bench player. He only appeared in 29 games for the Red Sox this season and has been struggling with injuries.
MLBTradeRumors reports that the Rays are hoping for a bounce back by Nava and that they will be taking on around $617K of his $1.85MM salary for 2015. They will control his for two more years via arbitration without expecting much of a pay raise.
This season Nava was only at the plate for 66 at-bats, producing a .152 AVG and .442 OPS. It was such a small sample size you really can't compare it with his 2013 season when he compiled a .303 AVG and .831 OPS over 134 at-bats.
Most likely the Rays are looking to fill the hole left by David DeJesus who was traded.
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