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Royals sign Willy Taveras to minor league deal

Dec 11, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

Willy Taveras sliding

Willy Taveras, who hasn’t played in the majors since 2010 and was out of baseball this year, has signed a minor-league deal with the Royals.

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Taveras will likely get an invitation to spring training, where he’ll compete for a bench job.

Taveras’ value was always totally dependent on his speed–he had plus range in center field and once stole 68 bases in a season–but now at age 30 it’s unclear what he’d bring to the table. In his final three MLB seasons he hit a combined .243 with a .291 on-base percentage and .290 slugging percentage, and at Triple-A in 2011 he only swiped 13 bases in 97 games.

  1. kcrobert10 - Dec 11, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Ok now that the big deal is done Moore at least recognizes we need a lead off guy still but instead of going out and picking up bourne who could really really help us they get this guy who was yesterday working at Walmart. Moves like this plus the trades are why we won’t break 500 again this yr and that will make it 17 out of the last 20 yrs that happens.

    • mattyflex - Dec 11, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      If he was working at wal-mart, David Glass essentially had him transfer departments.

      • mattyflex - Dec 11, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        And my comment didn’t even touch on how stupid your comment makes you look.

      • kcrobert10 - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        You try being born in kc having to watch the Royals and chiefs yr after yr then talk to me about stupidity atleast I am loyal to my teams and have passion enough to want to see them actually do well. It’s easy to root for the yankees, red sox and teams like that your not getting your brains beat in every yr, yr after yr.

    • mattyflex - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      Hear this, neighbor, I am from Kansas City, and I have been a Royals fan since before I can recall.

      You really think that after Dayton Moore and David Glass proclaim they’re operating at a loss, they’re going to go out and spend a bunch more money on a two time all-star like Michael Bourn? If you’ve been following the team for the last however long you’ve been alive, surely you can’t recall many offseasons in which the Royals acquire more than one impact player. This offseason, they got three.

      I see you say “plus the trades”, as though getting James Shields somehow hurts this team. Are you out of your goddamned mind guy, Kansas City has a very limited window in which to compete for a title. They were competitive last year, but lacked starting pitching. So they went out and acquired Santana at the beginning of free agency, then Guthrie, now they’ve got Shields, who they picked up for a guy who did not set foot on Kauffman dirt last season, and someone is ruining the Royals? They became a better team than they were before when they signed Santana. They became a better team than they were before after they signed Guthrie. They became a better team after they got Shields. You want to talk about making the playoffs or having a winning record NOW, and you’re trying to imply Wil Myers would have done that this season? Did you happen to see how many times he struck out in a hitter friendly AAA league?

      It’s fans like you that I just want to follow another baseball team. For years, everyone has been yearning for the front office to do something. “OH GOD, THEY TRADED GREINKE”, people would say, completely ignoring the fact that our starting CF and long term SS came over in that trade, not to mention Odorizzi who helped complete the Shields deal. “OH GOD, THEY TRADED WIL MYERS”, people are saying. They unloaded Wil Myers to be able to compete and win NOW. If you want to see them win now, don’t complain about “stupid trades” and not signing big free agents like Michael Bourn, the Royals have done the best they possibly could this offseason, being a small market team. But you want more. You want more from the guy who owns motherf*&$ing Wal-Mart.

      Take what you can get, man. This is the most optimistic I have been about a Royals team since I can remember, and you’re sitting here whining because we’re not going to go overpay for a new CF. Lorenzo Cain is the starting center fielder, in case you have forgotten. Since our money is tied up in pitching, they’re bringing Willy T in to push Jeff Francoeur in right field, or possibly as injury insurance for Cain.

      This Royals team, barring an insurmountable barrage of injuries, will be the best team we have fielded in quite some time because of some offseason moves that will have a huge impact. If that’s not enough for you, join Rany and go find another team to watch.

      • kcrobert10 - Dec 11, 2012 at 5:54 PM

        My friend you have gone delusional stay off the Royals kool aid. It’s not safe. They were not in anyway shape or form competive last yr. They were 10 games under 500 and it wasn’t just pitching the hitting was awful to. You have to replace the rf cause Moore was dumb and gave him a lot of money. He is the worst rf in baseball. We have no I repeat no leadoff hitter. Cain is always hurt. Yes they did upgrade the rotation but they in since cashed all there chips with a pair of 8’s. Nice hand but your going to get beat 60 percent of the time. You say ur optimistic. I say about what, if you expect this team to make a playoff run they will have to win probably 15 more games than last yr that would be a minor miracle to say the least. No my friend all they did was give guys like you the illusion they will be able to do something this yr but they won’t. My prediction they may get to 78 wins this yr but hey that’s better than last yr right. By the way glass never owned wall mart he just ran it.

      • mattyflex - Dec 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

        Just get the fuck out.

      • kcrobert10 - Dec 11, 2012 at 6:32 PM

        No need to swear man I just have my point of view you can have yours. I respect your opinion and your optimism but I just don’t but that the Royals will magically win this yr.

    • bayha1926 - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      There is always the possibility that Bourne doesn’t want to come here. If it was as easy as going out and getting all the guys we want, we would probably be in the World Series every year.

      • mattyflex - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        Also a very valid point.

      • source7769 - Dec 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        i dont want bourne at 14 million a season asking price

      • mattyflex - Dec 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

        He is a Boras client, and made $7 million last year. Lorenzo cain projects to be a very similar player and he made $480,000 last year, and is under team control until 2018.

    • astrofaninkc - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      They aren’t going to even be players in the Bourn (no E) sweepstakes. He wants too much money and the Royals aren’t going to pay for anything else this year. The roster is set. You also forget that we already have a leadoff hitter in Alex Gordon. Is that the ideal first choice? Maybe not, but if Hosmer figures things out this year and starts raking like he was projected to do last year, plug him in the 3-hole in front of Butler and Moose and let Alex do what he does best and get on base from the leadoff spot. As a hitter, Gordon is every coach’s dream. He can hit at any spot in the lineup and do what is required of him. He gets on base at the top of the lineup, he drives in runs in the middle and he can hit well in situations if he ever got put in the bottom third.

      Look at it this way: Should the Royals make the playoffs by any means, wild card or division winner, this Shields/Davis for Myers/Odorizzi and others was a success. This is the closest they’ve been to respectable in a long, long time and it’s happening at the right time. The Tigers proved last year that they weren’t invincible by any means and the Twins and Indians are not going to win 70 games. The White Sox rotation of Sale/Peavy/Danks/Floyd/??? is comparable to Shields/Guthrie/Santana/Chen/Hochevar (Duffy/Paulino expected to return at some point too) and outside of Konerko/Rios/Dunn who else do they have that poses a threat in that lineup? The Royals have the pieces to get this done this year since Moose,Hosmer, Perez, and Escobar have more experience, Butler and Gordon are veteran leaders who are still on the upswing, and the rotation is the best it’s been in YEARS. I understand your skepticism, but if you can’t get fired up about this team especially in comparison to some of the teams fielded in the past 10 years, then your wood is wet.

  2. stex52 - Dec 11, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    And you were worried about Myers leaving! KC management has it covered.

  3. kkolchak - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Willy Taveras–last seen, mercifully only briefly, putting up an outstanding .243 OBP for the Nats in 2010. I still get the shudders thinking about it.

  4. webbza - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Just wrote an article on the Shields/Myers trade. Please check it out on my blog and let me know what you think in the comments.

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