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A's release Willy Taveras one week after trade

Feb 9, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

Last week the A’s acquired Willy Taveras in a trade with the Reds only to designate him for assignment literally minutes later, so it comes as no surprise that they outright released him today after failing to find a taker for even a fraction of his $4 million salary.
Taveras is now free to sign anywhere and at any price, so after five seasons of inexplicably starting every day and leading off expect him to land a bench gig at the minimum salary with a team that likes outfielders who run fast and make tons of outs. He offers excellent speed and a very good glove in center field, but has hit just .246 with a putrid .293 on-base percentage and punchless .291 slugging percentage in 235 games over the past two seasons.

  1. Brian - Feb 9, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    AG,
    What would you think of Taveras on the Twins? There’s definitely a need for a backup for Span, and it would allow Gardenhire some flexibility late in games with pinch running and defense. Or is he not enough of an upgrade from Pridie?
    Obviously it’s a fail if he ends up with more than 150 plate appearances, but I think he’d look good in the Carlos Gomez role.
    Or do you think the Twins will keep Pridie in AAA and only call him up if Span is out for more than a day or two?

  2. Zack - Feb 9, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    “…expect him to land a bench gig at the minimum salary with a team that likes outfielders who run fast and make tons of outs.”
    The Twins then? Wait, that’s infielders we like that run fast and make a ton of outs. In all honesty I’d be fine with Taveras on the Twins as a late inning defensive replacement/pinch runner/emergency backup should something happen to Span.

  3. The Common Man - Feb 9, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Yeah, at this point he has to end up on the Twins, doesn’t he? They need a 5th OF who can handle CF. I like that Taveras can push Span to LF in the late innings.

  4. Jonny5 - Feb 9, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Maybe Minaya will sign him for 5 million now??? LOL!

  5. BC - Feb 9, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    I hope someone signs him. This guy stole about 80 bases for my rotisserie team a couple years ago, helping me drive to the pennant.
    PS. Wasn’t there a funk band in the 70’s called Taveras? Any relation?

  6. Josh - Feb 9, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Wait, wasn’t HBT, nee CTB, singing the praises of Juan Pierre all last season – you know, a “run fast, make tons of outs” OF? (Fun fact: Pierre made more outs than almost any other starter in MLB when he was in CF for the Marlins and the Cubs…thanks, dude! BTW, you look, hit, and throw like an 11-year-old girl!) What’s the difference between Juan Pierre and Willy Taveras? I think Taveras has a stronger arm, but that’s about it. Synch this up for me, somebody.

  7. Brian - Feb 9, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Twins just lost Pridie on waivers. I have NO idea what the Twins would do if Span got hurt. They played Cuddyer in CF for one game last year, but a Cuddyer/Kubel/Young outfield would be ridiculous.

  8. D-Luxxx - Feb 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Sounds like a good fit for a defensive replacement for the Twins.

  9. Big Z - Feb 9, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    They played a version of “More than a Woman” on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

  10. Squish - Feb 9, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    The Twins are okay now in the OF, they resigned Jacque Jones to a minor league contract.

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