Athletics Release Willy Taveras

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.


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  1. vinnieg 5 years ago

    hes not that bad come on. Its got to be a big time injury that teams dont think he legs will come back from.

    • brandondc 5 years ago

      No, he was THAT BAD last season. He couldn’t hit anyone, his bunting was much more suspect than it used to be, and he can still steal bases but he never did it in a clutch situation. Most of the time when he got on at the beginning of the game he would sit at first through the first two outs and then steal 2nd only to be stranded there, or he would steal bases when the Reds were up a comfortable amount of runs… waaaaaaaay too timid on the basepaths

    • $1529282 5 years ago

      Taveras is a -0.3 WAR player the past two seasons and has posted a combined OPS of .584… his OPS+ the past two seasons combined is FIFTY-TWO.

      Aside from the fact that he played plus defense in CF last season, yes, he has been entirely that bad.

  2. Come on Dayton Moore, he’s got Royal written all over him.

    • Suzysman 5 years ago

      Royals have too many players for the 25-man already. They cant add anyone unless its minor-league or comes after trading one of their extremely few tradable players.

      • That’s a damn shame, “speedy” low OBP players like this just don’t come around everyday. Should’ve held off signing Scotty Pods…

  3. Suzysman 5 years ago

    You just know Dusty is licking his lips and begging Walt

  4. besttradever 5 years ago

    Well thanks for ripping us off A’s. The Reds could have kept him and traded him elsewhere. Well it happened. We got the good side of the deal, Aaron Miles and a minor leaguer. We chewed up most of his money and we can’t replace him with Miles now.

  5. Mike 5 years ago

    Time to get a day job, Willy.

  6. robert r 5 years ago

    Anybody got some dead space for a pinch runner?
    I’m a ‘Stros fan and was sad to see Willy T go, but last year he really was awful.

  7. LTDm206 5 years ago

    Is Rosales really worth the extra 4 mil?

    • Far as I can tell the cost to the A’s for Rosales and Fox was $2.6 mil, plus three players.

      • LTDm206 5 years ago

        Thanks Tim!

      • coachofall 5 years ago

        one thing that can’t be discounted is the A’s HAVE to spend money. They have the lowest payroll in the AL this year (I believe as it stands now). Wtih Revenue sharing, they Had to spend money. That is why a team like Oakland can shell out 10 mil for Sheets, Eat bad contracts and such. Just an innovative way to eat up revenue sharing coin and garnering assets which can help your big league squad

      • Tim, exactly how much more money did it cost the A’s to trade Miles for Rosales and Taveras? (basically how much did Rosales end up costing the A’s, NOT including the 400k if T-Virus signs with another team?)

        Here is how I am currently looking at it:

        $4M (Taveras) – $2.7M (Miles) = $1.3M – 1M (from Cubs) = $0.3K (300K)

        Is this right?

        Thanks for your time.

  8. Guest 5 years ago

    Did he stink because he stinks or was it Dusty’s fault?

    • redsandyanksfan 5 years ago

      hah he STUNK if you watch any reds games you would know all he does is ground out softly , pop ups in the infield or strike out he is horriable and it was dusty’s fault for keep batting him lead off but no willy t is baddd

  9. Hellobrooklyn 5 years ago

    Where is this genius in Billy Beane..? The A’s have yet to be serious contenders. There are atleast 10 other 40 man rosters better than the Oakland’s What assets have they gathered that will actually help them become contenders? Never understood all the hype around this guy..

    • asfan2010 5 years ago

      Lets see

      Kouzmanoff
      Taylor
      Crisp
      resigned duchscherer and cust for $5 mill combined pre incentives
      Sheets 10 million
      resigned wuertz 2 yr /5.25 mill
      Traded for Fox/Rosales
      The rest of their rotation Anderson/Braden/Cahill/Mazzaro/Gio are pre arby/league minimum.
      The pitching and defense should be solid. Offense is an issue hopefully their next wave of prospects taylor, carter, cardenas, weeks, green (later on), donaldson can help the next couple years

      They have the lowest payroll $55 million in the AL, unfortunately thats about $30-50+ mill less than the rest of their division.

      • asfan2010 5 years ago

        After 2010 they’ll have an additional $40+ mill in contracts off their payroll with chavez, ellis, crisp ,sheets, duchscherer, cust or if they perform well enough july trade deadline trade bait among those players

  10. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    Is it possible that Taveras is older than he actually says he is? I saw on Baseball Reference that he was signed by the Indians in 99, but I don’t know if he was drafted by them or if he defected or something. Either way, he looks like he’s done.

  11. Alldaybaseball 5 years ago

    For the Braves Bench? Speed is something we need.

  12. asfan2010 5 years ago

    Creative deals by Beane, depending if Fox and Rosales are useful.
    2.6 mill payroll added
    5-6 yrs of control of rosales/fox
    gray- middle reliever who A’s had buried in their depth chart
    morla- rule 5 eligible next season has never been out of short season leagues
    spencer- might hurt later, but A’s also traded OF depth hairston/cunningham too.
    I guess miles/taveras were sunk cost, they attempted to sign jamey caroll for almost 2 yr/5 million

  13. Robert Gaito 5 years ago

    No surprise here. I seriously doubted Taveras has ANY value whatsoever, and the fact BB couldn’t even get a bag of balls for him proves that.

  14. dirkhodges 5 years ago

    When you click the link to Matt Spencer it pulls up the wrong Matt Spencer.

  15. dickboston 5 years ago

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see the White Sox pick him up =/

    • BentoBox 5 years ago

      Pierre and Taveras .. in the same team. Awesome.

      • Suzysman 5 years ago

        Yeah, then we would just need to get Moore to give Pods back.

      • disgustedcubfan 5 years ago

        Also check on bringing Herb Washington out of retirement

  16. coolstorybro222 5 years ago

    A’s could’ve at least try and traded him. I mean come on.

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