Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 10/15/14
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It's not often that reader-submitted questions to mailbags contain good ideas for acquisitions. Generally they want to acquire Giancarlo Stanton for Felix Doubront and 50 grand, or forget that Bobby Abreu was born in 1875. Or they want to move Dustin Pedroia to shortstop and put Ciriaco at second, and transform Andrew Bailey into a starter. People have bad ideas, is what I'm saying. (Who am I to talk -- I wanted to trade Clay Buchholz before his breakout season, keep Josh Beckett last season, and continue to want to move Jacoby Ellsbury for prospects who probably won't pan out.) But one of Nick Cafardo's readers actually had a pretty novel idea to capitalize on some platoon possibilities as it pertains to the backup first base job. The Sox need a lefty bat for the bench and a backup 1B. What are the chances they work Nava out at 1B in Fort Myers to try to fill those needs in-house? He had a .801 OPS vs. righthanded pitching last year and you know he'd work his tail off learning the position.  Nice job, Max in Nevada. And Cafardo agrees -- Nava could handle first. I mean, who couldn't, in spot duty? If you have any kind of coordination (as most ballplayers do), it's easy enough to catch a ball thrown your way. And he would likely have a little range as well due to his athleticism.  Of course, this is all assuming Mike Napoli signs. I'm not saying I'd try to teach Nava first for a couple weeks and then give him 600 PAs there. But 20 or 30 games against righties when Napoli needs a day off or is catching is a pretty good gamble. At the very least, it's a better idea than Bobby Abreu.
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