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Will Venable | Outfielder

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/29/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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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. Jul 27 - 6:36 PM

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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.
Jul 22 - 10:18 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.
Jul 3 - 12:09 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.
Jun 10 - 12:30 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.
Jun 5 - 11:19 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.
Jun 4 - 12:01 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.
May 9 - 1:59 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.
Apr 9 - 10:54 PM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Will Venable has "drawn interest" from the Marlins.

They're also considering Nate Schierholtz, Ichiro Suzuki and Andy Dirks as they look for a fourth outfielder. Venable might have the most upside of the four, but he's also the only one the Marlins would have to trade for rather than just sign. Slated to make $4.25 million in 2015 in his final year prior to free agency, Venable is expendable following the Padres' acquisitions of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers. Miami certainly wouldn't be an ideal landing spot, as he'd be in another pitcher-friendly park and would need someone else to get injured before he'd receive regular playing time.
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Jan 11 - 2:06 PM

Will Venable went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Venable singled and scored in the sixth and seventh innings. The hits were as many as he'd had over his previous 21 at-bats as he's struggled for the majority of the year. Venable owns a .220/.285/.318 line in a season he'd surely like to be over.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 10:21:00 PM

Will Venable is not in the Padres starting lineup for Wednesday's contest against the Phillies

It appears to be just a routine day off for the struggling outfielder. After a breakthrough 2013 campaign, he's hitting just .222/.289/.316 with 101 strikeouts in 370 at-bats.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 07:30:00 PM

Will Venable (back) went 0-for-1 with a walk and two strikeouts Monday in his return to action against the Phillies.

Venable hadn't started a game since last Wednesday due to a back strain. The 31-year-old owns a disappointing .221/.290/.317 batting line over 134 games this season.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 04:30:00 AM

Will Venable (back) was used as a pinch-runner in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Venable remained absent from the starting lineup with a back strain. It's a good sign that he felt well enough to run and he's likely to return fully this week. The outfielder has registered a disappointing .222/.287/.318 batting line in 132 games this season.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 08:49:00 AM

Will Venable (back) remains out of the Padres' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Venable has been sidelined with a back strain since Wednesday. He holds a poor batting line of .222/.287/.318 with six home runs and 27 RBI on the season.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 05:20:00 PM

Will Venable was diagnosed with a back strain.

Venable left Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers after five innings and Padres manager Bud Black told reporters after the game that he will "probably be out a couple days." Venable has been a major disappointment this season, batting just .222/.287/.318 with six home runs and nine stolen bases in 132 games. He had 22 homers and 22 steals in 2013.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 01:34:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Austin Hedges
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Jedd Gyorko
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Wil Myers
2Melvin Upton
RF1Matt Kemp
2Will Venable
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Andrew Cashner
3Ian Kennedy
4Tyson Ross
5Brandon Morrow
6Odrisamer Despaigne
7Josh Johnson
8Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Joaquin Benoit
3Shawn Kelley
4Dale Thayer
5Brandon Maurer
6Marcos Mateo
7Kevin Quackenbush
8Marc Rzepczynski