The Athletics released outfielder Willy Taveras, tweets MLB.com's Jane Lee. Taveras had been designated for assignment on February 1st immediately after being acquired from the Reds along with Adam Rosales. Taveras passed through Oakland as GM Billy Beane's way of facilitating the Rosales acquisition.
The A's ultimately acquired Jake Fox and Rosales. The financial cost is the $4MM owed to Taveras, less $400K if he signs elsewhere as a free agent and less the $1MM the Cubs sent with Aaron Miles. If Taveras signs somewhere the A's will have paid $2.6MM to get Fox and Rosales, while also giving up Jeff Gray, Ronny Morla, and Matt Spencer.