Nava refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Durham and is now a free agent. The Rays gave Nava a look over the final two months of 2015 after the Red Sox cut bait, but he continued to underwhelm and was ultimately a casualty at last week's Rule 5 roster deadline. While no team was willing to use a waiver claim on Nava, the 32-year-old figures to get a spring training invite from a club in need of outfield depth.
Nava was designated for assignment on Friday, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports. The Rays needed to clear space on the 40-man roster, so Nava was a casualty. If he catches on with another club, it would likely be in a part-time role.
The Rays claimed outfielder Daniel Nava off waivers from the Red Sox on Wednesday, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. He was designated for assignment last week.
The Red Sox have added right-handed reliever Jean Machi to the Major League roster. Machi was picked up off waivers from the Giants on Tuesday. Machi struggled with the Giants this season, posting a 5.14 ERA over 35 innings. But manager John Farrell explains the cause of Machi's struggles. "His fastball velocity has been consistently between 92 to 94 mph. His damage has come with his slider," Farrell said, per MLB.com. "It hasn't been as sharp as it was the last two years. That's the pitch that we have to hone in on and regain that consistency. "There is a little bit of a challenge bringing him in here with our situation with a need for innings right away with his inactivity. We'll see what he has." Machi had made just one appearance for the Giants since the All-Star break. To make room on the 40-man and 25-man rosters, Daniel Nava has been designated for assignment.
Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava was designated for assignment Thursday. Nava appeared in just two games following his activation from the disabled list July 21.