The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Wednesday have signed former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Daniel Nava, 32, to a one year, $1.375 million dollar contract.
Nava became an unrestricted free agent on November 25, 2015 when he refused to sign a contract with the Tampa Bay Rays to play in their minor league system in the 2016 Major League Baseball season.
Nava was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays on November 20, 2015. The Rays could not find another team in the Major Leagues that were interested in signing Nava to join their baseball team.
Nava received offers from the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to sign a contract with their baseball teams on December 12, 2015 according to SB Nation reporter Chris Cotillo.
Nava started his career in the Major Leagues with the Boston Red Sox in 2010. Nava played for the Red Sox from 2010 through the 2015 Major League Baseball seasons.
Nava did not play in any Major League Baseball games during the 2011 regular season. He spent the majority of the 2011 baseball season with the Pawtucket Red Sox which is the AAA minor league branch of the Boston Red Sox.
Nava was designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox on July 30, 2015. The Red Sox were not in contention to make a playoff run at the time they designated for assignment Nava.
The Tampa Bay Rays claimed Nava from the waiver wire on August 5, 2015. Nava will now have a chance to play outfield for the Angels who ended the 2015 Major League Baseball season in third place in the American League West Division.
Nava has one World Series ring as a member of the Boston Red Sox that won the 2013 World Series by beating the St. Louis Cardinals in six games in a best of seven series format.
The addition of Nava on the Angels roster during the 2016 baseball season will increase their chances to make another playoff run since Nava will be providing outfield depth for the American League West team.