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Jose Tabata | Outfielder

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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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. Jul 16 - 4:51 PM

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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.
Jun 30 - 10:11 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.
Jun 28 - 11:04 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.
May 19 - 2:52 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.
May 10 - 8:38 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.
Mar 20 - 12:10 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.
Mar 18 - 7:10 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.
Mar 11 - 4:19 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.
Mar 2 - 7:40 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

Jose Tabata went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead RBI single in Friday's 2-1 win over the Reds.

Tabata got the start in right field with Travis Snider dealing with hamstring tightness and ended up playing the hero with a go-ahead hit off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth. The 26-year-old just returned from the minors this week, so it was his first RBI in the majors since June 18. He could get another start or two this weekend, but most in mixed leagues can do better.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:48:00 PM

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

Tabata was outrighted off the Bucs' 40-man roster in late June after posting a rough .658 OPS in 62 games. He didn't fare a whole lot better at the Triple-A level and is doubtful to carry fantasy relevance in his return to the majors. Gregory Polanco was optioned to Indianapolis in a corresponding move.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 03:02:00 PM

Jose Tabata has accepted his assignment to Triple-A.

Tabata was placed on outright waivers by the Pirates earlier this week and passed through without drawing a claim. The 25-year-old corner outfielder is now off Pittsburgh's 40-man roster, but he is still owed about $10 million in guaranteed money through 2016.
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 04:19:00 PM

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

The move clears him from the Pirates' 40-man roster. Tabata became the odd man out in Pittsburgh's outfield following the promotion of Gregory Polanco. The 25-year-old has the ability to opt for free agency, but he would surrender roughly $10 million in salary if he did that. Look for him to stick around.
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 02:07:00 PM

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