Rockies Sign Willy Taveras

The Rockies signed Willy Taveras to a minor league deal and invited him to Spring Training, the team announced (on Twitter).

Taveras didn't hit much in his 37 plate appearances for the Nationals this year and hasn't been a serious offensive threat for a couple of years. He posted a .367 on base percentage for the 2007 Rockies and led the National League in stolen bases the following season. He has bounced from the Reds to the Nationals to the Phillies since, without much success.

But the seven-year veteran is relatively young (he's 29) and has plenty of experience (601 games) in center field. He'll provide the Rockies with depth and speed, though he doesn't appear to be the difference maker he was a couple seasons ago.


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16 Comments on "Rockies Sign Willy Taveras"


Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 7 months ago

A really poor man’s Juan Peirre

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 7 months ago

He’s a homeless man’s Juan Pierre.

4 years 7 months ago

He needs to learn to not chase the outside pitch with his ass-out swing and pop it up to 1st. “Everytime I see you put one in the air, you owe me 20 pull-ups.” I don’t think I’ve been more disgusted watching a player as a Reds fan.

4 years 7 months ago

Define “…difference maker”…

rwdavis22461
4 years 7 months ago

he has played ever other team with Colorado.

4 years 7 months ago

Since he left Colorado for Cincinnati, then traded to Oakland, then to Philly, then Texas, then Atlanta, then back in the majors with Washington. You’re almost right

coolstorybro222
4 years 7 months ago

I’ve been everywhere man, traveled the desert plains, man, I’ve been everywhere.

is what comes to mind when I see this name.

BobbyJohn
4 years 7 months ago

He’s AAA depth at this point. Unless something REALLY strange happens I can’t see him suiting up for the big league club.

4 years 7 months ago

So Willy Taveras, Micah Owings, and Orlando Hudson go back to the NL West. Brings back good memories.

jwsox
4 years 7 months ago

maybe going back to the Mecca of hitters parks will do him well enough to earn at 4th of spot and maybe just maybe get a starting job out in left..If he can field(his cannon arm is amazing) enough, and get on base a decent % with his blinding speed he could easily win a spot in the out field but thats a huge IF

4 years 7 months ago

Ahh, life through the eyes of a true eternal optimist.

JST1331
4 years 7 months ago

Can he steal first base?

shysox
4 years 7 months ago

People need to really stop with the “bat boy” comments.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

…Why?

lefty177
4 years 7 months ago

guys he’s right, stop with the bat boy comments, i have a few reasons why you should stop, 1-maybe shysox knows something that you don’t like that Willy Taveras has MLBTR & not much self-confidence (not saying he does, just making a point), 2-he’s obviously in the bigs for a reason (and that reason isn’t to be the bat boy), that’s why the scouts saw him before you guys, just saying

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 7 months ago

Bat boys are respectable people. It hurts him for people to put bat boys in the same category as someone like Willy Taveras. It’s just too insulting for him