Posted on: February 10, 2010 2:22 pm
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
The latest from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports...
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Posted on: January 3, 2009 4:50 pm
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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
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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.
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Posted on: December 27, 2008 12:47 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2008 1:34 am
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.
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After a hectic Winter Meetings, it's been a slow weekend. Today's links...
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