According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to sign outfielder Daniel Nava as a minor league free agent with an invitation to Spring Training. Nava played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2017, where he hit .301/.393/.421 in 80 games. He missed a brief amount of time in August, first due to a hamstring injury, then a back injury, which later kept him out of action for the final four weeks of the season.
The 34-year-old Nava (turns 35 in two weeks) is a .266/.357/.380 hitter over seven seasons in the majors. His stats last year were a major improvement over the .590 OPS he put up in 2016 and .560 OPS he had in 2015, both in limited playing time. Nava had two trips to the DL in 2016 and another in 2015, all for different injuries from the ones listed above.
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