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Willy Taveras | Outfielder

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/25/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Willy Taveras is looking to make a return to the majors.
Tavares has a .363 OBP and is 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts in his first 18 games for Pericos de Puebla in the Mexican League this season. The 32-year-old hasn't appeared in the majors since 2010. Apr 23 - 1:07 PM

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Royals released OF Willy Taveras.

Taveras, now 31, was hitting .238/.308/.340 through 79 games with Triple-A Omaha this season. He'll attempt to latch on elsewhere, but there's little hope of him resurfacing in the majors at this point.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 04:34:00 PM

Royals signed OF Willy Taveras to minor league contract.

It's expected that he'll get a spring training invite. Taveras, now 30 years old, didn't play professionally in 2012 and hasn't played in the majors since 2010. He's a long shot to make the Opening Day roster.
Tue, Dec 11, 2012 11:23:00 AM

According to Evan Drellich of MLB.com, Willy Taveras is planning a comeback.

"I just need a chance to get back in baseball. That's what I love, I love to play baseball," said Taveras, who hasn't played in the majors since 2010 and didn't play professionally this year. "It hurt to watch the games on TV. I definitely want a chance to get back to baseball and go from there." Now 30 years old, he'll likely have to settle for a minor league deal.
Source: MLB.com
Tue, Sep 25, 2012 03:18:00 PM

Rockies signed OF Willy Taveras to a minor league contract.

Taveras also received an invite to spring training. The 29-year-old outfielder was released by the Nationals last May after just 35 at-bats with the club. He had brief minor league stints with the Phillies, Rangers and Braves from there, but didn't have another at-bat in the big leagues. We're not counting on some sudden renaissance, but Taveras did have his most productive season as a member of the Rockies back in 2007. He at least offers some speed and insurance as a potential fourth or fifth outfielder in case of injury.
Mon, Jan 24, 2011 05:27:00 PM

Rangers signed OF Willy Taveras to a minor league contract.

This is the fourth team Taveras has been with this year after he had been released by the Nationals, Phillies and Braves. He'll provide some depth in the outfield at Triple-A and could be brought up in September to serve as a pinch-runner.
Sun, Aug 15, 2010 03:33:00 PM

Braves signed OF Willy Taveras to a minor league contract.

This is probably a depth move, as the Braves have some injuries in the outfield currently. Hopefully for Braves fans, the organization doesn't view him as a better option than Melky Cabrera or a healthy Nate McLouth.
Sun, Jul 4, 2010 09:29:00 PM

Phillies released OF Willy Taveras.

Taveras was signed to a minor league contract earlier this month. He batted .208/.255/.271 with zero homers, three RBI and nine stolen bases in 96 at-bats during his time with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 28-year-old outfielder is now free to be awful somewhere else.
Tue, Jun 29, 2010 04:47:00 PM

Phillies signed OF Willy Taveras to a minor league contract.

Taveras was given his release last month after batting .200/.243/.257 with four RBI over 35 at-bats with the Nationals. He'll essentially fill the void in the minor leagues left by DeWayne Wise, who exercised the out-clause in his contract earlier this week.
Thu, Jun 3, 2010 11:40:00 AM

Nationals released OF Willy Taveras.

Taveras cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the club last weekend. He batted .200/.243/.257 with four RBI in 35 at-bats with the Nats.
Fri, May 21, 2010 12:12:00 PM

Nationals designated OF Willy Taveras for assignment.

Taveras, 28, hit just .206 with a .250 on-base percentage and a .26 slugging percentage in 34 at-bats this season for the Nationals. He will probably wind up in Triple-A Syracuse eventually unless the Nats decide to cut ties with him altogether. Mike Morse will be activated from the DL on Sunday.
Sat, May 15, 2010 11:21:00 PM

Willy Taveras was 2-for-4 with four RBI in a 4-3 win over the Mets on Saturday afternoon.

Taveras was a one-man wrecking crew on Saturday, ripping a two-run triple in the second inning and a two-run single in the fourth. Unfortunately it looks like Taveras might get the next opportunity against left-handers instead of Mike Morse.
Sat, Apr 10, 2010 04:49:00 PM

Willy Taveras gets the start in right field with the Nationals facing lefty Oliver Perez on Saturday.

Washington Post writer Chico Harlan referred to the role as "right field roulette," which is a pretty fair description of the Nationals' situation. Mike Morse, who pinch-hit during Friday's game, doesn't appear well enough to go.
Sat, Apr 10, 2010 11:52:00 AM

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said that Willy Taveras will be a right-handed platoon option in right field.

The light-hitting Taveras is set to share right field duties with Willie Harris. The pitching staff will love all the ground they will cover, but Taveras posted an on-base percentage of .275 last season and .308 in 2008. He should be an extra outfielder, not a starter, but this is what you get when you release Elijah Dukes.
Thu, Apr 1, 2010 10:48:00 AM

Willy Taveras went 2-for-3 and homered off Houston's Wandy Rodriguez on Wednesday.

A true rarity; Taveras has just one homer against a left-hander in a regular-season game, that coming in 2005. Taveras can't be a realistic option in right field for the Nats, but with Elijah Dukes gone, he may now have a shot of making the team.
Wed, Mar 17, 2010 04:24:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Jayson Nix
3Christian Colon
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
RF1Norichika Aoki
2Moises Sierra
DH1Billy Butler
2Josh Willingham
3Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Francisley Bueno
6Scott Downs
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Casey Coleman
10Aaron Crow
11Michael Mariot
12Luke Hochevar