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Roster Moves: Pirates bring back Daniel Nava

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Minor-league infielder suspended

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He didn’t have to wait as long as Aramis Ramirez, or even Manny Sanguillen or Nate McLouth.

As expected, the Pirates have signed Daniel Nava to a new minor-league contract, The Athletic’s Rob Biertempfel reported.

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.

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.