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Rockies sign Willy Taveras to minor league deal

Jan 24, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

Willy Taveras sliding

The Rockies have signed outfielder Willy Taveras to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training, according to the team’s Twitter feed.

This is a homecoming of sorts for Taveras, who batted .320 with a .367 on-base percentage and .748 OPS with the Rockies during the team’s World Series run in 2007. Baseball’s version of a rotten hot potato, this is actually Taveras’ sixth organization in the past year.

He signed with the Nationals last February after being designated for assignment by the A’s, but was released last May after batting .200 over his first 35 at-bats with the club. He had brief minor league stints with the Phillies, Braves and Rangers from there, but didn’t find his way back to the major leagues.

Though the 29-year-old outfielder offers plenty of speed and defensive ability, he has been one of the least productive players at the plate since the start of the 2008 season, putting up a lowly .581 OPS, the lowest during that timespan among players with at least 1,000 plate appearances.

Here’s the ugliness in full detail:

1. Willy Taveras – .581 OPS

2. Cesar Izturis – .596 OPS

3. Jason Kendall – .635 OPS

4. Bobby Crosby – .637 OPS

5. Andy LaRoche – .637 OPS

6. Brendan Ryan – .641 OPS

7. Gerald Laird – .644 OPS

8. Carlos Gomez – .647 OPS

9. Ronny Cedeno – .649 OPS

10. Pedro Feliz – .651 OPS

Good grief. Sorry to ruin your dinner, but this is a boring Monday.

  1. metalhead65 - Jan 24, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    my god after what he did the year he played for the reds why do people still pay him money to suck?6 teams in less than a year?shouldn’t that tell you something?the reds were desparate for a leadoff hitter and this poor excuse for a major leaguer was awful for the full year dusty put him out there.it may be a minor league deal but just think how much money those other teams have wasted on this no talent never was!that money could have fed starving kids around the world but they give it to a guy who has proven he sucks?

  2. BC - Jan 25, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Basically, he’s Dave Roberts. Pinch runner and throw him out there as a defensive replacement. If he’s paid as such, he’s somewhat useful.

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