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Will Venable | Outfielder | #30

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/29/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Princeton
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 7 (0) / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Phillies signed OF Will Venable to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Venable was released by the Indians over the weekend after batting .133 with a .404 OPS in Cactus League play. He could work his way into semi-regular starts with the rebuilding Phillies, but the 33-year-old outfielder has batted just .233/.303/.336 over the last two seasons. We wouldn't pay him much attention in a standard mixed league. Mar 28 - 2:40 PM

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Indians released OF Will Venable.

Tyler Naquin's emergence in center field spelled doom for Venable. The good news for the veteran outfielder is that he shouldn't be out of a job for long. A team looking for outfield help -- like the Phillies -- figures to scoop Venable up quickly.
Mar 27 - 12:43 PM

Indians signed OF Will Venable to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The agreement was first reported Friday morning by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and now we know that it's a minor league deal. Venable, 33, batted .244/.320/.350 with six homers and 16 steals last season for the Padres and Rangers. He has a good chance at consistent early playing time in Cleveland and could ultimately settle in as a backup at all three outfield spots. Michael Brantley is expected to miss all of April following offseason shoulder surgery and Abraham Almonte is out 80 games for PEDs.
Feb 26 - 12:01 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Will Venable will be in Indians' camp Friday.

It sounds like maybe all he needs to do is take a physical before a contract is official. The terms of the deal aren't known. The Indians needed to bring in at least one outfielder this spring and Venable certainly is a fit, especially with his ability to play all three spots. The 33-year-old figures to supplant Abraham Almonte in center field and then likely share center with Rajai Davis once Michael Brantley (shoulder) is ready.
Feb 26 - 8:38 AM

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have checked in on free agent outfielder Will Venable.

The Mets were linked to Venable leading up to July's trade deadline and it makes sense that they are considering him again as they look for a platoon partner for Juan Lagares in center field. Ackert hears that most fourth-outfielder types are looking for a two-year deal, which the Mets are resistant to do. The Indians and Orioles are among the other clubs who have expressed interest in Venable this winter.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 02:49:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Indians and Orioles have expressed interest in free agent outfielder Will Venable.

Both teams have an obvious need for outfield help and Crasnick notes that new Indians GM Mike Chernoff knows Venable well from their time together at Princeton. The 33-year-old batted just .244/.320/.350 with six home runs and 33 RBI over 135 games this past season between the Padres and Rangers, but he's enjoyed success in the past and is capable of playing all over the outfield.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 11:56:00 AM

Will Venable went 1-for-3 with an RBI double on Friday, helping to lead the Rangers to a 2-0 victory over the Tigers in Detroit.

Venable's run-scoring double got the Rangers on the board in the second inning. He also put his strong defensive skills on display on Friday, gunning down Miguel Cabrera at the plate and showing tremendous range in left field. He should see fairly regular playing time with Josh Hamilton on the disabled list and is worthy of a look in deeper mixed leagues.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 10:41:00 PM

Will Venable is starting in left field and batting eighth Thursday in his Rangers debut.

Venable, acquired from the Padres on Tuesday night, figures to get regular playing time in left field while Josh Hamilton recovers from knee inflammation. Venable was batting just .258/.318/.378 on the season for San Diego, but the 32-year-old does have a bit of power and a bit of speed and he's entering a much more hitter-friendly home park. His situation continues to improve.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 03:40:00 PM

Rangers acquired OF Will Venable from the Padres in exchange for OF Marcus Green and a player to be named later.

Venable was able to pass through waivers given his $4.25 million salary and the Padres worked something out with the Rangers. The veteran outfielder can fill in in left field for the Rangers while Josh Hamilton (knee) is sidelined and offers protection should the ailment linger. He's hitting .258/.318/.378 with six homers and 11 steals for the Padres this season.
Tue, Aug 18, 2015 08:19:00 PM

Padres activated OF Will Venable from the paternity leave list.

San Diego made room for Venable by optioning OF Alex Dickerson to Triple-A El Paso. Venable will be available off the bench Saturday against the Phillies. Melvin Upton Jr. is starting in center field against Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan.
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 05:50:00 PM

Padres placed OF Will Venable on the paternity leave list.

Venable should return to the Padres sometime this weekend. Alex Dickerson has been called up from Triple-A to provide outfield depth for the next couple of days.
Thu, Aug 6, 2015 12:07:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Cubs are interested in Will Venable.

They would probably be viewing Venable as more of a fourth outfielder, although he could get a good amount of playing time in left field. Venable is slated to hit free agency this winter.
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 06:36:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mets are interested in Will Venable.

He also confirms CBS Sports' Jon Heyman's earlier report that the club is interested in Gerardo Parra. Either would be a nice fit in left field for the Mets with Michael Cuddyer (knee) banged up and the Mets really struggling offensively. Venable is batting .248/.316/.392 with six homers and six steals in his walk year.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 10:18:00 AM

Will Venable slugged a go-ahead two-run homer in a 5-3 win over the Cardinals in 11 innings on Thursday.

The Cardinals tied the game in the fifth inning, but both sides remained scoreless from there until Venable took Carlos Villanueva deep in extras. After a disappointing 2014 season, the 32-year-old is batting .263/.324/.421 with six homers and six steals over 66 games this season.
Fri, Jul 3, 2015 12:09:00 AM

Will Venable had a big night at the plate Tuesday, finishing 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI against the Braves.

Venable hit a solo homer off Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz in the second inning and added an RBI double in the sixth. He's been getting regular playing time in recent weeks and has made the most of it, raising his line to .273/.333/.447 with five dingers and 17 RBI overall.
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 12:30:00 AM

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