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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Kansas City Royals sign OF Willy Taveras

Out of the Majors since 2010, Willy Taveras has agreed to a Minor League deal with the Royals that includes an invite to Major League camp, a baseball source said Tuesday.

Taveras turns 31 on Christmas Day and has a career .320 on-base percentage with 195 steals.

The Royals need someone as insurance in case Frenchy doesn’t work out.

Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: December 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dayton moore, royals

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   1. JRVJ Posted: December 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM (#4321840)
Meh. Spring training invites are nothing to get worked up about (if Taveras hits, good. If not, BUH-bye).
   2. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM (#4321841)
Well now, there's something surprising!
   3. JJ1986 Posted: December 11, 2012 at 12:51 PM (#4321842)
The Final Piece!
   4. valuearbitrageur Posted: December 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM (#4321853)
When you can get proven vet Willy Taveras, unproven AAAA player Wil Myers is surplus.
   5. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: December 11, 2012 at 01:16 PM (#4321894)
When you can get proven vet Willy Taveras, unproven AAAA player Wil Myers is surplus.

I think that Taveras will literally replace Myers, in that he'll play CF in Omaha. Someone has to. Yem Prades hit 269/288/390 in AA and the other CFs in the high minors are vets, organizational soldiers, and other assorted non-entities. The pitchers in AAA will appreciate having a competent flycatcher out there.
   6. RJ in TO Posted: December 11, 2012 at 01:42 PM (#4321933)
Where did he play last year? B-R doesn't even show him playing in the minors. Was he with some independent league team?
   7. base ball chick Posted: December 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4321992)
wonder if he can still run/steal bases. last i looked, he was terrible vs leftys. he also has close to zero strike zone judgement.

hard to believe he came up in 05. it seems like a lifetime ago
   8. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 11, 2012 at 02:23 PM (#4322005)
He was out of baseball completely in 2012.
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 11, 2012 at 02:26 PM (#4322011)
So much for the "Dayton Moore sacrificing the future in a misguided attempt to save his job" meme. He's now proven he's completely willing to make moves that have no chance of helping the Royals in 2013.
   10. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: December 11, 2012 at 02:40 PM (#4322039)
Doesn't he already have Jarrod Dyson? What does he need the older model for?

Guys like this tend to be pretty useful for a bit, but they have this dangerous tendency to start to cost a lot more money right when their effectiveness starts to crater.
   11. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 11, 2012 at 03:28 PM (#4322129)
Hey, as NRIs go, I've seen worse. Good for Willy.
   12. RJ in TO Posted: December 11, 2012 at 03:59 PM (#4322185)
Hey, as NRIs go, I've seen worse.

You saw the 2012 Blue Jays bench?

Good for Willy.

I agree. As far as emergency CF options stashed at AAA go, he's a perfectly acceptable one.
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2012 at 04:30 PM (#4322245)
He was out of baseball completely in 2012.

Not quite. He's playing in the Mexican Pacific League right now.

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