With less than two weeks before opening day, most teams have their lineups set. A few might be tweaking the exact batting order, but not many are still on the hunt for help. The Rangers have shown an interest in Derek Norris, and Jonathan Lucroy, but with Robinson Chirinos behind the dish, it's not imperative that Jon Daniels makes a move.
However for the Angels, with Daniel Nava slated to be their everyday left fielder, they're apparently on the lookout for someone that could take his place.
Not a surprise, angels seek possible everyday left fielder. But they are targeting the bargain variety. (tax issue?)— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 23, 2016
Nava is hitting .517/.641/.759 in 29 at-bats this spring training, but there's absolutely no way he's going to come close to replicating those numbers during the regular season. In 2015, between two teams, Nava posted a slash line of .194/.315/.245 with a wOBA of .265 and a wRC+ of 64. He was worth -0.2 fWAR, and didn't provide any meaningful value on the field.
Nava was productive from 2012-2014, as he had a combined fWAR of 5.3, along with a wRC+ of 112, but it's hard to count on him returning to those levels; even with his great performance this spring.
It's easy to see why the Angels would be interested in acquiring another outfielder, but it's nearly impossible to see why they waited this long. There was an extraordinary amount of talent on the open market this offseason, and while Arte Moreno reportedly wanted to stay below the luxury tax threshold, according to Forbes' 2015 data, he's worth 1.44 billion and could have managed to shell out some extra cash.
As of this writing, there are exactly zero remaining free agent left fielders. Nate McLouth is still on the market, as are Alex Rios, and Grady Sizemore. Not one of those three players is likely to be better than Nava, which means the Angels are probably exploring the trade market. However the problem remains that they want an everyday left fielder, which is going to cost prospects that they don't have.
The Mets' Alejandro De Aza has been connected to a number of clubs, and given that they have six outfielders at the moment, they could part with him fairly easily. He's been more reliable than Nava over the last four seasons, and while De Aza doesn't exactly profile as an everyday player, he'd provide the Angels with extra depth at the very least.
Anaheim could certainly use another dependable outfielder, but it's more than fair to question why they've waited so long. They did make an offer to Austin Jackson, which he turned down, but there were a number of other options that they apparently passed over. Now with only 11 days before opening day, the Angels have Nava as their starting left fielder, with no easy solution in sight.