The Phillies made another move late Friday night, signing outfielder and first baseman Daniel Nava to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.
Nava, whose first career plate appearance was a grand slam at Fenway Park against Joe Blanton and the Phillies (I was there …), had a breakout 2013 with a .303/.385/.445 line, plus 43 extra-base hits for the world champion Red Sox. Since, he hasn’t been so hot, putting up poor numbers for a variety of American League teams.
In 2016 he split time between Kansas City and the Angels, hitting .223/.297/.292 with one home run and 13 RBI.
Nava would likely compete for an outfield bench job in spring training. Figuring the current outfield includes Odubel Herrera, Roman Quinn and Howie Kendrick, the bench competition would include Nava, Aaron Altherr, Tyler Goeddel and Nick Williams. Expect another depth addition to join the competition unless the Phils grab a more obvious starter in the corners.