Angels Ink Daniel Nava To One-Year Deal

Signing outfielder, Daniel Nava, to a one-year deal, the Los Angeles Angels may have turned towarda a platoon split in left field.

ANAHEIM - Wednesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Angels announced that they'd signed outfielder, Daniel Nava, to a one-year deal worth $1.375 million.

Nava, 32, is coming off his career worst season, where he hit .194 with a .560 OPS. Nava did hit .261 with a .751 OPS - around career average - over his final 18 games though. Nava is a career .265 hitter, and has been a threat to reach base with a .358 career on-base percentage.

With the signing, it gives the Angels a platoon option between Nava and fellow off-season signee, Craig Gentry. Nava, a natural switch-hitter has much better success against right-handed pitchers, with a .281/.377/.409 slash, while Gentry, a right-handed hitter, has hit .274/.354/.366 against left-handed hitters.

The Angels will still continue their search for an every day left fielder to complete their lineup. They will prefer a left-handed bat, but as Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register reports, owner Arte Moreno says it will not be a premier free agent. Fletcher did report that GM Billy Eppler is still, "engaged in conversations with other outfielders."

Some non-premier free agent outfielders consist of; Austin Jackson, John Jaso, Delmon Young, Alejando De Aza, Dexter Fowler, David Murphy, Gerardo Parra, Steve Pearce, Alex Rios, Marlon Byrd and Denard Span. There is also the trade route, with Jay Bruce and Marcel Ozuna on their team's trade blocks.



Taylor Blake Ward is a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.



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