Phillies Release Willy Taveras

The Phillies released Willy Taveras, MLBTR has learned. The Phillies signed the speedy outfielder earlier in the month, not long after the Nationals released him. The A's, who are paying most of Taveras' $4MM salary, released him in February, so this marks the third time the former NL stolen base champ has been released this year.

After struggling to produce offensively through 37 plate appearances for the Nats, Taveras moved on to the Phillies' Triple A team. He didn't fare much better in Lehigh Valley, where he hit .208/.255/.271 in 104 plate appearances. 

However, Taveras can still point to his age (28), his ability on the base paths (9/9 in stolen base attempts at Triple A) and his record as a solid defender (career UZR/150 of 8.7). Taveras did post a .367 OBP for the 2007 Rockies, but it has been years since he has done much at the plate.


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14 Comments on "Phillies Release Willy Taveras"


5 years 2 months ago

Well that lasted a while. 2, 3 weeks tops?

Gunner65
5 years 2 months ago

The guy refuses to learn how to hit or acquire any plate discipline … with his speed its a complete waste of talent IMO

Ry_the_Stunner
5 years 2 months ago

I think Willy Taveras is the poster boy for being released.

ReverendBlack
5 years 2 months ago

Suuuuuch a waste.

orioles
5 years 2 months ago

Too bad he can’t steal first…

johnsilver
5 years 2 months ago

Another Joey Gaithright clone, only the Taveras version stuck around a MLB roster for a few full seasons.

jwsox
5 years 2 months ago

the white sox need to trade for adam dunn release mark kotsay and trade andruw jones for bullpen arms or anything then sign willy T as a pinch runner could you imagine juan pierre on second and willy on 1st…a bunt down the line could score them both haha

studio179
5 years 2 months ago

Willie Mays Hayes strikes again.

coolstorybro222
5 years 2 months ago

Ha. I might start a pool at my work to see where he goes next. I call San Diego.

Guest
5 years 2 months ago

What about the Giants? They signed Burrell!

5 years 2 months ago

If hes smart and wants to play the game of baseball for a few more years, he’ll take the rest of this season off. That way he can hire a hitting coach with that money the A’s paid him and by hitting coach I mean an old great who knew how to swing a stick, they can help him get his bat together and become a decent player.

He doesn’t need to hit .300 just .270-.280 would suffice as a #1 or #2 hitter on many teams with his speed. Have the coach help him on his eye and he finally lives up to his potential…then again he can do what he’s doing now, take big league money and run away with it and hope he puts a bat on the ball one day.

5 years 2 months ago

If hes smart and wants to play the game of baseball for a few more years, he’ll take the rest of this season off. That way he can hire a hitting coach with that money the A’s paid him and by hitting coach I mean an old great who knew how to swing a stick, they can help him get his bat together and become a decent player.

He doesn’t need to hit .300 just .270-.280 would suffice as a #1 or #2 hitter on many teams with his speed. Have the coach help him on his eye and he finally lives up to his potential…then again he can do what he’s doing now, take big league money and run away with it and hope he puts a bat on the ball one day.

5 years 1 month ago

For real… what is the record for being released the most in one season. This dude is making his rounds.

And would you believe me if I told you a couple years ago he was a pivotal part of a World Series team?

5 years 1 month ago

For real… what is the record for being released the most in one season. This dude is making his rounds.

And would you believe me if I told you a couple years ago he was a pivotal part of a World Series team?