ANAHEIM, CA -- The Angels today signed free agent outfielder Daniel Nava to a one-year deal. The announcement was made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler.
Nava, 32, split the 2015 season between the Red Sox and Rays, appearing in a total of 60 games. In five Major League seasons, he has batted .265 (368/1388) with 89 doubles, 24 home runs and 172 RBI in 455 games for Boston (2010, '12-15) and Tampa Bay (2015). His finest campaign in the Majors came in 2013, when he batted .303 (139/458) with 29 doubles, 12 home runs and 66 RBI. Among qualifiers, he ranked fifth in the American League with a .385 on-base percentage and eighth in batting average. Defensively, he owns a .987 career fielding percentage with playing time at all three outfield positions and first base. In 2014, his nine outfield assists were tied for eighth-most in the A.L.
The switch-hitter played in nine postseason games during Boston's World Series Championship run in 2013 and batted .200 (5/25) with one double and two RBI. He recorded the Red Sox lone hit in Game 1 of the ALCS vs. Detroit with a one-out ninth inning single off Joaquin Benoit to end the Tigers' bid for a combined no-hitter.
A native of Redwood City, CA, Nava went undrafted out of Santa Clara University and originally signed with the Chico Outlaws of the independent Golden Baseball League, before having his contract purchased by the Red Sox on January 17, 2008. In 2007, he was named the Golden Baseball League Most Valuable Player after leading Chico to the league championship. He was selected off waivers by Tampa Bay earlier this season on August 5.