He didn’t have to wait as long as Aramis Ramirez, or even Manny Sanguillen or Nate McLouth.
Nava is set to miss significant time after late-February back surgery. The Pirates cut Nava earlier this week. It is assumed this maneuvering is due to an opt-out clause Nava had. It’s common for minor-league veterans to be able to become free agents if they aren’t added to the Major League 25-man roster by a certain date. Presumably, the new deal allows the Pirates to keep Nava through his rehab.
- Pirates Prospects’ John Dreker reports (sub) minor-league infielder Andrew Walker has been suspended by Minor League Baseball for violating its drug prevention program.
Walker joined the organization in 2016 as a non-drafted free agent. He posted a .240/.331/.256 in 144 plate appearances last year with the short-season A West Virginia Black Bears and low-A West Virginia Power.
Not-even-all-that-fun fact: The Pirates had another minor leaguer named Andrew Walker somewhat recently, a 2007 fifth-round draft pick. A catcher, he played five seasons in the Pirates organization, topping out at high-A Bradenton.