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Will Venable | Outfielder | #30

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/29/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Princeton
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 7 (0) / SD
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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

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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

Will Venable went 2-for-4 with a solo homer as the Padres topped the Reds 6-2 on Friday in Cincinnati.

He also singled, finishing the night 2-for-5. His solo shot came off Reds starter Jon Moscot and increased the Padres advantage to 3-0 in the second inning. Venable has held his own since getting elevated to an everyday role in the wake of the injury to Wil Myers, slashing .272/.336/.430 with four long balls and 15 RBI.
Fri, Jun 5, 2015 11:19:00 PM

Will Venable finished 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI in Wednesday's win against the Mets.

Venable has now collected consecutive multi-hit games after failing to record one in the previous four (and five of six). The outfielder has provided a bit of NL-only value since assuming full-time at-bats because of injuries, first to Yonder Alonso and then to Wil Myers. He's slashing .266/.333/.404 with three homers and three steals.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 12:01:00 AM

Will Venable went 3-for-5 with a home run Friday in the victory over the Diamondbacks.

The Padres will certainly be better off defensively with Yonder Alonso out and Wil Myers playing first base for the next couple of weeks. How much of a hit they take offensively depends on whether Venable hits like he did in 2013 or like he did in 2014. He entered the night 4-for-30 with 12 strikeouts on the season. Still, he has short-term value in NL-only leagues.
Sat, May 9, 2015 01:59:00 AM

Will Venable was ejected in the 12th inning of Friday's loss to the Giants for arguing a called third strike.

Padres manager Bud Black was also given the gate for jawing with rookie home plate umpire Tripp Gibson on the called third strike. Venable continues to find himself buried on the depth chart in the talented Padres outfield and won't be relevant in mixed leagues unless his situation changes drastically.
Thu, Apr 9, 2015 10:54:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Chris Gimenez
3Michael McKenry
4Bobby Wilson
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Rougned Odor
2Hanser Alberto
3Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Pedro Ciriaco
LF1Josh Hamilton
2Justin Ruggiano
3Joey Gallo
4Patrick Kivlehan
CF1Delino DeShields
2James Jones
3Jordan Danks
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Ryan Rua
DH1Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Yu Darvish
3Derek Holland
4Martin Perez
5Colby Lewis
6Chi Chi Gonzalez
7A.J. Griffin
8Anthony Ranaudo
9Nick Martinez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Tolleson
2Tom Wilhelmsen
3Jake Diekman
4Keone Kela
5Sam Dyson
6Sam Freeman
7Andrew Faulkner
8Alex Claudio
9Tony Barnette
10Luke Jackson
11Ross Ohlendorf
12Tanner Scheppers
13Jose Leclerc
14Cesar Ramos