The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals appear to be in a duel to the finish as both teams heat up in the American League Central. With the postseason just around the corner, each franchise is looking for reinforcements, especially off the bench and in their outfield.
Considering that, there are a handful of players each club could have interest in though with the Boston Red Sox seemingly tiring of Daniel Nava, it appears both teams have interest in the 31-year-old outfielder.
Only problem? Daniel Nava has yet to be placed on waivers, though that could be happening in the very near future.
If it does happen, both the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers are expected to show interest in trading for the veteran bat.
Daniel Nava has not yet been put on waivers yet but is starting to draw interest from teams like the Royals and tigers looking for a bat.
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) August 11, 2014
As things currently stand, the Kansas City Royals are a half game behind the Detroit Tigers who sit in first place. Given that the Royals would have first waiver dibs on Nava and there’s little reason not to put a claim in considering his rather low salary. Doing so would prevent the Tigers from having an opportunity to trade for the outfielder and would at minimum block them from a deal, even if the Royals couldn’t work something out with the Red Sox.
If left unclaimed, both teams will be able to make trade proposals for Nava though I’d venture to guess he wouldn’t clear waivers for that exact reason. Of course, if the Royals move into first place when Daniel Nava is placed on waivers, the situation reverses in favor of the Detroit Tigers.