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Will Venable | Outfielder

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/29/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Princeton
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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. Aug 21 - 10:41 PM

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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.
Aug 20 - 3:40 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.
Aug 18 - 8:19 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.
Aug 8 - 5:50 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.
Aug 6 - 12:07 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.
Jul 27 - 6:36 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.
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 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.
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