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The Nats release Willy Taveras

May 21, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

In early February, the Reds traded Willy Taveras to the A’s.  Within a week of that going down, the A’s released him.  Then the Nats signed him, but as of today they have joined the growing fraternity of teams who have realized that being fast is not the same thing as knowing how to play baseball, and now they too have given Willy Taveras his unconditional release.

It’s rare to find a player as poor as Willy Taveras is who have gotten as many chances as Willy Taveras has.  Three different teams have installed him at the top of their order and given him over 400 plate appearances at various times.  With the Nats washing their hands of him, perhaps we’ve finally come to a point where people realize that there is nothing less valuable in the world than a guy with no power who can’t get on base.

  1. Howie B. - May 21, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Craig – that’s more than a little harsh. Granted, he’s not a good major leaguer. But there’s at least a little value there. First of all, his speed translates decently on the basepaths – 81.6% success rate – and on defense – generally a high range factor, including 1st in the NL last year (I’m too lazy to look up other metrics).
    He does have a career OPS+ of 68(!), but a .320 OBP, while below league average, has to be better than replacement level. And as recently as 2007, he appeared to have turned the corner, batting .320/.367/.382 for the pennant-winning Rockies at age 25. Granted he was brutal offensively for the Reds last year and the Nats this season. But at 28, I’d hardly consider him washed up, and wouldn’t be surprised to see this below-average major league player resurface somewhere.
    I would have given up a whole lot of things in my youth to be as terrible a ball player as he is and I’m sure you would have too.

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