Daniel Nava 1B/LF.. BOS 11 Days

Nava went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI in Sunday's game against Philadelphia.

Nava should make the Opening Day roster as a backup, but stands out because he's a left-handed hitter on a team with a lot of righties and has some position versatility.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF.. BOS 23 Days

Nava batted lefthanded against a lefty pitcher during Boston's spring training camp against Boston College.

Nava, who struck out and grounded out, is experimenting with hitting from the left side exclusively.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF.. BOS 26 Days

Nava has been hitting exclusively from the left side of the plate during spring training, the Providence Journal reports.

This is something Nava flirted with during the offseason, when took some left-on-left at-bats against pitchers at Grand Canyon University in Arizona. He's a .293 hitter with a .385 on-base percentage from the left side in the majors, but has hit just .209/.287 as a right-handed batter. With Boston's right-leaning lineup, being an effective left-handed bat, coupled with position versatility, should improve Nava's chances for at-bats and playing time.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF.. BOS 1 Month

Nava's ability to hit from the left-hand side of the plate in a right-leaning lineup should secure a bench role for him this season, the Boston Herald reports.

The additions of Hanley Ramirez and Rusney Castillo, plus the emergence of Mookie Betts means Nava is competing for a bench role. Since adding first base to his defensive resume, Nava makes himself more useful to manager John Farrell, who sees his left-handed bat as a "great complement." Nava has a career .813 OPS against right-handed pitchers.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF.. BOS 2 Months

Nava agreed to a one-year, $1.85 million contract with the Red Sox to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Nava is part of a crowded outfield, but it's still possible the Red Sox will swing another trade before the start of the season. If not, Nava may have a hard time earning regular playing time, even against right-handed pitching. He mentioned earlier in the offseason that he's thinking about giving up switch-hitting, but it's unclear whether he will actually make the change. Either way, Nava doesn't figure to see many plate appearances against southpaws.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF.. BOS 2 Months

Nava is giving thought to no longer switch-hitting, WEEI.com reports.

Nava owns a .293/.385/.428 career slash line as a left-handed hitter, compared to a dismal .209/.287/.298 line from the right side of the plate. Of course, it's been a long time since he tried to hit a left-handed pitcher from the left side, so he may just stick to switch-hitting. Either way, Nava is part of a logjam in the Boston outfield, with Hanley Ramirez and Rusney Castillo seemingly locked into starting jobs, while Nava, Allen Craig, Shane Victorino (back) and Mookie Bets are all candidates to see significant playing time. Nava will likely work in a part-time role that rarely requires him to face left-handed pitching.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF.. BOS 4 Months

The Red Sox will tender Nava a contract, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Nava saw his production decline dramatically in a reduced role last season, with his OPS falling more than 120 points from 2013 (from .830 to .707), but the Red Sox still got well more than their money's worth from the 31-year-old ($556,500). Given the logjam of outfielders in Boston, Nava seems unlikely to see an increase in opportunities in 2015 (barring a trade), but he has strong on-base skills and certainly a good amount of real-life value in a reserve role.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF.. BOS 6 Months

Nava is out of the lineup Wednesday, CSNNE's Sean McAdam reports.

Allen Craig will start in right field, with Rusney Castillo making his debut in center field. Nava should still see some starts down the stretch, but playing time may be harder to come by now that Castillo is up with the big league club.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF.. BOS 7 Months

Nava is out of the lineup Thursday against the Royals, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.

After starting the last six games, it seems apparent at this point that Nava has usurped Allen Craig for duties as Boston's primary right fielder. However, both Nava and Craig will give way to Jackie Bradley on Thursday, as he enters the outfield to give Nava a breather.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF.. BOS 7 Months

Nava is out of the lineup Thursday against the Yankees, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.

The continued struggles of Allen Craig have allowed Nava to maintain regular action in the outfield, as Thursday will mark his first time out of the lineup in nine games. Nava doesn't have much pop in his bat or much speed to offer, but his knack for getting on-base should prompt manager John Farrell to continue to pencil him in on the lineup card.