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Will Venable | Outfielder | #25

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (35) / 10/29/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Princeton
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 7 (0) / SD
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Will Venable has been named the Cubs' new first base and outfield coach.
Venable joined the Cubs' front office this past September as a special assistant to the president and general manager, and now he'll move into an on-field coaching role for the 2018 campaign. The 35-year-old graduated from Princeton University before playing parts of nine seasons in the major leagues. Nov 21 - 4:06 PM

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Will Venable has joined the Cubs as a special assistant to the president and general manager.

Which is a pretty good indication that his playing days are over at age 34. Venable graduated from Princeton University before beginning his professional baseball career in 2005 as a seventh-round pick of the Padres. He went on to bat .249/.315/.404 over parts of nine major league seasons.
Sep 6 - 12:35 PM

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.
Wed, Jul 13, 2016 08:20:00 PM

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.
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 07:42:00 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.
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 06:56:00 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.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 07:23:00 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.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 03:33:00 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.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 07:14:00 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.
Sun, Jun 12, 2016 03:04:00 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.
Mon, Mar 28, 2016 02:40:00 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.
Sun, Mar 27, 2016 12:43:00 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.
Fri, Feb 26, 2016 12:01:00 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.
Fri, Feb 26, 2016 08:38:00 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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Victor Caratini
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Ben Zobrist
3David Bote
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Albert Almora
2Ian Happ
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jose Quintana
3Kyle Hendricks
4Tyler Chatwood
5Jen-Ho Tseng
6Adbert Alzolay
7Oscar De La Cruz
8Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Morrow
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Pedro Strop
4Justin Wilson
5Mike Montgomery
6Justin Grimm
7Dillon Maples
8Rob Zastryzny
9Dario Alvarez
10Cory Mazzoni