Braves Sign Willy Taveras

The Braves have signed outfielder Willy Taveras to a minor league deal, according to the International League transactions page.  Taveras has been assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Taveras was released by the Phillies on Tuesday, roughly a month after being brought aboard.  That marked the third time the speedy outfielder has been released this year as the Nationals and A's have also cut him loose.  Oakland is on the hook for most of his $4MM salary.

The 28-year-old has a track record of being a solid defender and base stealer, though he has struggled offensively in recent years.  His most recent stint in Triple-A Lehigh Valley yielded a .208/.255/.271 slash line in 104 plate appearances.

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