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Will Venable | Outfielder | #25

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
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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Dodgers sent OF Will Venable outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Venable was designated for assignment by the Dodgers just prior to the All-Star break and passed through waivers unclaimed. While he could reject the outright assignment to Triple-A, MLB Trade Rumors' Steve Adams reports that he will accept the move rather than opt for free agency. With the Dodgers this season, the veteran outfielder was just 1-for-18. Jul 13 - 8:20 PM

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Dodgers designated OF Will Venable for assignment.

That opens up a spot for tonight's starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. Venable is now off the Dodgers' 40-man roster. The 33-year-old cleared waivers the last time he was designated for assignment and that's probably what will happen again. Venable has just one hit in 18 at-bats for the Dodgers this year.
Jul 7 - 7:42 PM

Dodgers purchased the contract of OF Will Venable from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Venable had just been outrighted to Triple-A last week, but he's needed back to provide depth in the outfield with Joc Pederson heading to the disabled list. He could be worth a look in NL-only formats where you can skim him against right-handed pitching.
Jul 1 - 6:56 PM

Dodgers sent OF Will Venable outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Venable cleared waivers after being designated for assignment on Friday. He logged just one hit in 10 at-bats during his six-game stint with Los Angeles. The 33-year-old is now off the Dodgers' 40-man roster.
Jun 25 - 7:23 PM

Dodgers designated OF Will Venable for assignment.

Signed less than two weeks ago, Venable picked up one hit in 10 at-bats during his brief time with the Dodgers. He'll likely clear waivers and accept an outright assignment in order to retain a big league contract.
Jun 24 - 3:33 PM

Dodgers signed OF Will Venable to a one-year deal.

He'll head straight to the major leagues where he'll serve as a reserve outfielder. Venable opted out of his minor league deal with the Phillies on Sunday. He was hitting .205 for Triple-A Lehigh Valley at the time of his release. Austin Barnes was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City in the corresponding roster move.
Jun 14 - 7:14 PM

Phillies released OF Will Venable.

Venable exercised an opt-out in his minor league contract with the Phillies and is now a free agent again. The 33-year-old outfielder was batting just .205/.304/.307 with two home runs and two stolen bases through 41 games this season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Jun 12 - 3:04 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
3Austin Barnes
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Chase Utley
SS1Corey Seager
2Chris Taylor
3B1Justin Turner
LF1Trayce Thompson
2Andre Ethier
3Scott Van Slyke
CF1Joc Pederson
2Enrique Hernandez
3Andrew Toles
RF1Yasiel Puig
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Hyun-Jin Ryu
3Scott Kazmir
4Kenta Maeda
5Alex Wood
6Brandon McCarthy
7Bud Norris
8Brett Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Chris Hatcher
3J.P. Howell
4Pedro Baez
5Yimi Garcia
6Joe Blanton
7Josh Ravin
8Louis Coleman
9Luis Avilan
10Adam Liberatore
11Ross Stripling
12Casey Fien
13Chin-Hui Tsao