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Uh… The Astros may re-sign Willy Taveras

Feb 9, 2010, 8:38 PM EDT

Taveras Ivy.JPGUPDATE: It looks like this thing might actually happen.  Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle reports that Astros assistant GM David Gottfried contacted Taveras’
agent, Barry Praver, soon after the outfielder’s release on Tuesday.  A minor league contract was indeed discussed.

7:41pm: According to Jerry Crasnick of, Astros general manager Ed Wade is open to the idea of bringing back outfielder Willy Taveras on a minor league deal.

Taveras (and the $4 million remaining on his contract) was released by the A’s this afternoon after garnering zero interest on the waiver wire.  The 28-year-old batted .240/.275/.285 in 404 at-bats last season for the Reds and, as Aaron noted earlier, has hit just .246./.293/.291 in 235 games over the past two seasons.

“Willy brings the
speed element and he’s a very popular guy in town and with our
organization,” Wade told Crasnick on Tuesday.

Taveras played for the Astros from 2004-2006 and never finished with an OPS over .675 or more than 25 extra-base hits.  It doesn’t seem like a wise pickup for an organization that should be handing any available playing time to youngsters, but this is Houston we’re talking about.  Wade and Co. have a long history of questionable moves, which is why the club is in such a poor state heading into the 2010 season.

Come to think of it, the perennially disappointing Taveras should fit right in with the Astros’ crop of aging, overpaid veterans.  It’s going to be a long season in oil country.

  1. X - Feb 9, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    Houston doesn’t have any youngsters to hand the 5th outfielder job to, unless you count 26 year old former pitcher Brian Bogusevic and his stunning .707 AAA OPS. The Astros are basically going to be treading water until their recent draftees get to the big leagues, so it’s not that big a deal. And while Wade may have a history of questionable moves, he’s not the reason the Astros are in trouble. The abysmal 2002 to 2007 drafts are the reason the Astros are in trouble, along with the Jennings and Huff trades. All of those took place before Wade. I’m not saying Wade’s the GM of the year or anything, but he’s actually doing a pretty good job of rebuilding the farm system. It’s just all the talent is in the low minors and not able to contribute this year.

  2. CYGNUS X-1 - Feb 10, 2010 at 12:20 AM

    they must be beyond desparate to sign this loser!he will be great for them as long as they don’t expect him to you know to get on base or play defense.did they not see what a absolute disaster he was with the reds last year? why would anybody pay this guy to be on their team?he has had what 1 maybe 2 average years in the majors but because he is fast everybody wants him?what good is it to have all that speed if you never get on base? he misjudged so many balls in centerfield last year it painful to watch,turning routine fly balls into doubles and letting in god knows how many runs.still can’t believe the a’s were stupid enough to take him off the reds hands.ok they did not get anything for him but he is off the team which is all that matters!

  3. BC - Feb 10, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    They already have Michael Bourn. What the heck do they need him for? A team that needs some speed should grab him. Maybe the Cubs or Cards.
    And wasn’t Taveras a funk band in the 70’s? I asked that earlier on this blog.

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