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Jose Tabata | Outfielder | #31

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / NYY

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Jose Tabata has signed with the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League.
Tabata last appeared in a major league game in June 2015. He famously signed a six-year, $14.75 million contract extension with the Pirates in August 2011 after a promising first couple of seasons in Pittsburgh, but that deal didn't quite work out -- even at such team-friendly rates. The 29-year-old Venezuelan outfielder probably won't ever make it back to the show. Feb 22 - 1:04 PM

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Blue Jays signed OF Jose Tabata to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Tabata, who is somehow still just 28, batted .284/.393/.374 with two homers over 60 games at Triple-A in the Dodgers organization last season before being released. The former Pirate will be a long shot to make the Opening Day roster.
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 03:11:00 PM

Dodgers released OF Jose Tabata.

The 27-year-old was hitting .244/.340/.333 with a homer and 18 RBI in 30 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He'll look to latch on elsewhere on a minor league deal.
Sat, Jun 11, 2016 03:39:00 PM

Dodgers acquired OF Jose Tabata from the Pirates in exchange for 1B/OF Michael Morse.

Tabata has been removed from the Pirates' 40-man roster a couple times, as it was clear he was no longer in their plans. He's owed $4.5 million next season and has $750,000 worth of buyouts from 2017-19.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 06:50:00 PM

Triple-A Indianapolis placed OF Jose Tabata on the temporary inactive list retroactive to July 14.

There's no word yet as to why Tabata's been placed on the temporary inactive list. He was designated for assignment by the Pirates on June 28 and cleared waivers before being outrighted to Triple-A on June 30. In 38 at-bats with the big league club this season, the once highly-touted outfielder hit .289/.341/.289 with four RBI. He had not notched an extra-base hit prior to his demotion.
Thu, Jul 16, 2015 04:51:00 PM

Pirates sent OF Jose Tabata outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

He cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. Tabata has the right to declare free agency, but that won't happen since it would mean forfeiting his $4 million salary.
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 10:11:00 PM

Pirates designated OF Jose Tabata for assignment.

A .289/.341/.289 batting line over 27 games wasn't enough to keep Tabata around. He's sure to clear waivers given his $4 million salary.
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 11:04:00 AM

Pirates purchased the contract of OF Jose Tabata from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Tabata was outrighted off the Pirates' 40-man roster last fall, but he earned his way back to the majors after batting .352/.422/.396 across his first 102 plate appearances in Triple-A this season. He'll function as a backup outfielder and right-handed bat off the bench.
Tue, May 19, 2015 02:52:00 PM

Pirates general manager Neil Huntington indicated Sunday that the team is interested in trading Jose Tabata.

While he admitted that Tabata has been doing all of the right things, he added, "We have been very open with Jose that while we hope his return to the big leagues with us, he is a guy who may need to get somebody else’s attention and have somebody come get him. If that happens we will be happy for him." It would take a regular role for him elsewhere to have any fantasy value this season.
Sun, May 10, 2015 08:38:00 PM

Jose Tabata took batting practice Friday with a protective guard on his left ankle.

Tabata left Wednesday's Grapefruit League game after fouling a ball off the ankle. He'll ultimately be fine but will be eased back into action.
Fri, Mar 20, 2015 12:10:00 PM

Jose Tabata left Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers after fouling a ball off the inside of his left ankle.

Tabata limped off the field, replaced by Mel Rojas Jr. It's spring, so teams and players are likely to be extra cautious in the face of injury. It's possible this is precautionary. More should be known shortly.
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 07:10:00 PM

Jose Tabata went 0-for-3 on Wednesday and is 1-for-14 with five strikeouts this spring.

Tabata isn't in the Pirates' plans, but he should be hoping to put himself on the radars of some other clubs this spring after retooling his swing with Marlon Byrd over the winter. He's owed $8.75 million through 2016, which is working to keep him in Pittsburgh.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 04:19:00 PM

Jose Tabata re-worked his swing with the help of Marlon Byrd over the offseason.

The Pirates encouraged Tabata to seek out Byrd, who has had a power surge late in his career. Byrd said the most important lesson he taught Tabata was "transferring the energy of your swing to the ball." Pittsburgh removed Tabata from their 40-man roster twice last season, and he's in camp now as a non-roster invitee. While it will be interesting to see whether the new swing takes hold, Tabata has little chance of breaking through with the Pirates given their loaded outfield.
Mon, Mar 2, 2015 07:40:00 PM

Pirates sent OF Jose Tabata outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

It's the second time in 2014 that Tabata has passed through waivers unclaimed. He at one point signed a six-year contract with the Pirates with options that run through 2019, but the 26-year-old outfielder no longer appears to be in the team's long-term plans.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 01:52:00 PM

Pirates designated OF Jose Tabata for assignment.

Once viewed as a potential long-term fixture in the Pirates outfield, Tabata has struggled to stay healthy and live up to expectations the past couple of seasons. Still, he was signed through the 2016 season and did hit .282/.314/.333 in his 174 at-bats in 80 contests this season. Surely there will be other organizations willing to give him an opportunity.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 08:29:00 PM

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