Tag:Willy Taveras
Posted on: February 10, 2010 2:22 pm

Taveras headed back to Houston?

Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle reports the Astros are interested in bringing back speedy center fielder Willy Taveras.

Taveras, who started his career with the Astros, was recently released by the Athletics. He was traded to Oakland during the offseason after hitting .240 with one home run and 15 RBI with Cincinnati in 2009. He swiped a career-high 68 bases in 2008 with the Rockies and stole 25 bases with the Reds last season.

Houston assistant GM David Gottfried has been in contact with Taveras' agent, Barry Praver.

"If Willy clears waivers, then we would have an interest in talking to him about a non-roster opportunity," Astros general manager Ed Wade said. "He would have to come in and compete for one of the extra outfield spots."
Posted on: March 24, 2009 9:50 am

Rosenthal On White Sox, Pedro, Baker

The latest from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports...

Posted on: January 3, 2009 4:50 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2009 5:03 pm

Jones Doesn't Fit In Cincinnati

John Fay has an update that addresses the recent rumors suggesting newly available Andruw Jones might be headed to the Reds--in short, Fay doesn't see it happening.

As for reasons specific to the club, the Reds just picked up Willy Taveras to play center field, which is Jones' position. Taveras' status with the club makes it extremely unlikely that Jones would have a starting role, which he is apparently looking for.

More generally, Fay cites Jones' rapidly declining OPS as a reason for the Reds to stay away. Unfortunately for Jones, that reason to stay away applies for every team.

Posted on: December 27, 2008 4:09 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2008 5:29 pm

Jocketty On Taveras, Hairston, Baldelli

John Fay has a quick update following a discussion with Walt Jocketty, providing us with some interesting quotes from the Reds GM.

Regarding Willy Taveras, Jocketty likes his solid defensive ability in center field, as well as his potential to lead off. That "potential" depends on Tavares' ability to replicate his 2007 offensive numbers, featuring an on-base percentage of .367, as opposed to a repeat of 2008, in which he posted a .308 OBP.

Jerry Hairston Jr. remains a possibility for the Reds. Says Jocketty: "He could end up being the left fielder if we can't get that RBI man, which might be hard to do at this point."

Rocco Baldelli is also on the Reds' radar. "We're looking into the medical a little more," Jocketty said.

Alex Walsh can be reached at alexwalshatmlbtr@gmail.com

Posted on: December 27, 2008 12:47 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2008 1:34 am

Reds Sign Willy Taveras To Two-Year Deal

WEDNESDAY: Taveras' deal with the Reds is worth $6.25MM over two years.

SATURDAY: The Reds have signed Willy Taveras to a two-year contract according to Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News. The terms of the deal aren't yet known.

The 27-year-old figures to play center field and lead off for the Reds. He's stolen at least 30 bases in each of the last four years, including 2008 when he set a career high with 68 steals in spite of a .308 OBP.

Category: MLB
Posted on: December 23, 2008 1:58 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2008 2:54 pm

Odds and Ends: Boras, Wigginton, Burrell

Tuesday linkage...

  • Changed my mind on the chat...we will not be holding it at 2pm today.  The time/day of the chat is TBD.
  • Here's a list of the largest contracts in baseball history.  You can see why Scott Boras would want Teixeira to reach $190MM.
  • Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times notes that aside from Felipe Lopez, all of Boras' free agent clients are unsigned.
  • Peter Abraham explains the Yankees' large luxury tax.
  • The Reds have yet to open talks with Aaron Miles, Ty Wigginton, and Pat Burrell.  Talks are ongoing with Jerry Hairston Jr. and Willy Taveras, though Walt Jocketty is not making much progress with Rocco Baldelli.
Posted on: December 19, 2008 5:43 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2008 5:59 pm

Reds Focused On Hairston, Baldelli, Taveras

According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds are now focused on three outfielders: Jerry Hairston Jr., Rocco Baldelli, and Willy Taveras.  They had some interest in Juan Rivera but didn't want to do three years.

Fay believes the Reds currently have offers out to Hairston and Taveras.

Posted on: December 14, 2008 7:45 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2008 10:40 pm

Odds and Ends: Nelson, Atkins, Taveras

After a hectic Winter Meetings, it's been a slow weekend.  Today's links...

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