Tag:Willy Taveras
Posted on: June 12, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Pence held out of lineup with back stiffness

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Hunter Pence, in the midst of a 22-game hitting streak, is sitting out the Astros'  game against the Braves on Sunday -- although there's still a possibility he'll play, as the Astros are down to just three healthy outfielders after scratching Jason Bourgeois.

Bourgeois was initially penciled in to replace Pence in right field, but his sprained left ankle is keeping him out of action today, with Jason Michaels playing right.

Pence told reporters he was just getting a day off, but manager Brad Mills said Pence's lower back is still stiff and bothering him.

"Hunter doesn't want to ask for a day off, and God bless him, that's the way you want everybody to be," Mills told Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle. "But throughout the conversation he said it hurt him when he ran and he felt like it was going to lock up on him and if it locks up on him when he tries to do something, he could really hurt something."

Pence left Friday's game with a stiff back, but was back in the lineup on Saturday, doubling in the first inning and in the 10th inning of a 6-3 loss to Atlanta. During the streak, Pence is hitting .391/.417/.587 with three home runs and 15 RBI. The team record for longest hitting streak is 30 games, held by Willy Taveras who did it in 2006.

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:40 pm
 

Minor League free agents

There's no list like a minor league free agent list -- and Baseball America has the complete list of has-beens, shoulda-beens and never-beens.

Clay Zavada These players are any that aren't on a 40-man roster on Nov. 7 qualified for free agency if he had accumulated at least six years of service time (minors and majors) while still bound by his first uniform player contract. There are 533 on the list and here are a few that jumped out to me for various reasons (not including both Drew T. Anderson and Drew M. Anderson):

• LHP Clay Zavada (pictured) (Diamondbacks) -- great mustache.
• 1B Carlos Delgado (Red Sox) -- really.
• OF Wladimir Balentien (Reds) -- former Mariners' prospect had a monster season at Triple-A Louisville (.282/.337/.536 with 25 home runs).
• 2B Kazuo Matsui (Rockies) -- a warning for those interested in Tsuyoshi Nishioka?
• RHP Charlie Zink (Twins) -- subject of a great New Yorker article a couple of years back.
• OF Jacque Jones (Twins) -- seriously, I thought he'd retired.
• C Michael Barrett (Mets) -- ditto.
• C J.R. House (Mets) -- record-setting high school quarterback.
• RHP  Brandon Duckworth (Phillies) -- remember him?
• OF Wily Mo Pena (Padres) -- the Bronson Arroyo and cash deal for Wily Mo was a pretty good deal for the Reds.
• OF Endy Chavez (Mets) -- I've got a great bobblehead of his catch from the 2006 NLCS.
• OF Willy Taveras (Rangers) -- he's fast, so someone will give him a chance.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 6:56 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 1:21 am
 

Phillies release Taveras from minor-league team


Yet another team has discovered Willy Taveras isn't good at baseball.

The Phillies released the speedy outfielder from its Triple-A affiliate in Lehigh Valley (Pa.), where he was hitting .208/.255/.271 with nine stolen bases.

Philadelphia was Taveras' fourth organization since the start of 2010. Signed as a free agent in December of 2008 to a ridiculous two-year, $6.25 million contract, the Reds cut their losses in February, trading Taveras and utility player Adam Rosales to Oakland for Aaron Miles' bad contract.

The A's didn't even bother bringing Taveras to camp, releasing him on Feb. 9. But the Washington Nationals, who without Jim Bowden to blame it on, still seemed to covet former Reds and signed him on Feb. 15.

Taveras actually played in the big leagues this season, appearing in 27 games for the Nationals, hitting .200/.243/.257 with a stolen bases and was caught stealing twice.

The Nationals wised up in May and Philadelphia signed him earlier this month, before coming to the inevitable conclusion that he couldn't help their team win games.

Look for the Astros to come calling soon. Houston was rumored to have interest in Taveras since Oakland let him go and some people there must remember the promise he showed in 2005 when he was runner-up for Rookie of the Year to Ryan Howard.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 24, 2010 5:59 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2010 6:52 pm
 

Reds sign Matthews to minor-league deal

Gary Matthews Jr. In a move that has been rumored since spring training, the Reds signed outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. to a minor-league contract, the team announced on Thursday.

Matthews played 36 games for the Mets this season and hit an abysmal .190/.266/.241. While Matthews was being mentioned as a trade candidate for the Reds this spring, some inside the organization scoffed at the thought of Matthews making the big league squad.

Center fielder Drew Stubbs has struggled so far this season -- .231/.306/.382 -- but that's still better than Matthews, and Stubbs' defense is monumentally better at this point than the former Gold Glove-winning Matthews. The Reds also have another better option in Chris Heisey (.280/.368/.600 in 57 plate appearances), who is more natural at a corner outfield spot, but both of those are taken in Cincinnati with Jay Bruce and Jonny Gomes. Laynce Nix is the fifth outfielder.

Matthews fits only where he'll be -- at Triple-A Louisville. The Bats haven true center fielder. Michael Griffen and utility man Chris Burke have been manning the outfield for Rick Sweet. The team has little other outfield depth, using two other part-time infielders, Todd Frazier and Yonder Alonso, in the outfield, along with one-time prospect Wladimir Balentien.

Sure, the usual suspects will cry Dusty Baker and bring up Corey Patterson and Willy Taveras, and that could be an issue if Patterson were to make the roster, but that's not happening. There's no place for Matthews in Cincinnati and baring and injury, don't expect to see him there anytime soon.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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