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Willy Taveras CFRoyals

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 32)
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Birth Date12-25-1981
Height6' 0"
Weight180 lbs
Age32 years, 6 months, 27 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.12010
2011
2012
2013
-0.92014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2004 HOU 22 10 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .066 -0.2 -0.1 -0.0
2005 HOU 23 152 635 592 82 172 13 4 3 202 25 103 7 4 7 29 34 11 .291 .325 .341 .243 17.5 7.7 2.6
2006 HOU 24 149 587 529 83 147 19 5 1 179 34 88 11 2 11 30 33 9 .278 .333 .338 .240 15.6 19.3 3.4
2007 COL 25 97 408 372 64 119 13 2 2 142 21 55 7 1 7 24 33 9 .320 .367 .382 .253 12.8 3.4 1.6
2008 COL 26 133 538 479 64 120 15 2 1 142 36 79 5 3 15 26 68 7 .251 .308 .296 .225 5.8 5.5 1.1
2009 CIN 27 102 437 404 56 97 11 2 1 115 18 58 2 2 11 15 25 6 .240 .275 .285 .210 -3.6 3.6 -0.0
2010 WAS 28 27 37 35 7 7 0 1 0 9 2 6 0 0 0 4 1 2 .200 .243 .257 .193 -0.4 -0.2 -0.1
Career670264424123586627116878913639032125212819544.274.320.327.23447.639.28.6

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2000 BNC Rk 0 219 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .338 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CGA A 97 430 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .322 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CGA A 85 381 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .325 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 KIN A+ 113 468 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HOU MLB 10 2 .066 .286 .351 .467 .281 .000 91 -0.4 0.1 0 -0.1 0.3 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2004 ROU AA 103 464 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .401 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 HOU MLB 152 635 .243 .266 .330 .421 .260 .345 99 -11.2 18.3 1.7 7.7 7.0 17.5 2.6 17.5 2.6
2006 HOU MLB 149 587 .240 .267 .336 .429 .266 .330 95 -13.2 17.7 1.6 19.3 7.5 15.6 3.4 15.6 3.4
2007 COL MLB 97 408 .253 .269 .331 .421 .260 .370 109 -3.1 12.1 0.7 3.4 1.2 12.8 1.6 12.8 1.6
2007 CSP AAA 4 15 .230 .249 .321 .373 .247 .417 85 -0.5 0.4 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1
2008 COL MLB 133 538 .225 .264 .329 .414 .262 .296 104 -20.4 15.5 1.4 5.5 8.8 5.8 1.1 5.8 1.1
2009 CIN MLB 102 437 .210 .262 .329 .417 .263 .277 96 -23.2 12.6 1.1 3.6 3.0 -3.6 -0.0 -3.6 -0.0
2010 WAS MLB 27 37 .193 .276 .344 .426 .282 .241 91 -2.5 1.0 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.4 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1
2010 GWN AAA 17 47 .115 .267 .336 .411 .257 .139 101 -7.6 1.4 -0.2 0.3 0.6 -6.5 -0.6 -6.5 -0.6
2010 LEH AAA 23 104 .185 .272 .335 .421 .258 .250 95 -8.7 3.1 0.2 2.6 0.5 -4.9 -0.2 -4.9 -0.2
2010 OKL AAA 23 100 .216 .276 .343 .430 .257 .284 111 -5.7 3.5 0.3 0.5 0.5 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2011 CSP AAA 97 424 .245 .291 .357 .459 .265 .323 129 -7.3 13.2 -0.8 -7.8 0.0 1.9 -0.6 1.9 -0.6
2012 OBR Wnt 52 214 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .290 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 OMA AAA 79 279 .239 .264 .333 .403 .264 .274 95 -6.5 8.0 -1.5 -4.8 4.0 7.6 0.3 7.6 0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2000 BNC Rk 219 46 50 4 3 1 16 23 44 36 9 .263 .361 .332 .068 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CGA A 430 55 107 15 7 3 32 22 73 29 9 .271 .316 .367 .096 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CGA A 381 68 83 14 1 4 27 45 68 54 12 .265 .386 .355 .089 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 KIN A+ 468 64 112 9 6 2 35 52 68 57 12 .282 .377 .350 .068 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 ROU AA 464 76 137 13 1 2 27 38 76 55 11 .335 .398 .386 .051 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HOU MLB 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .066 -0.2 -0.1 -0.0
2005 HOU MLB 635 82 172 13 4 3 29 25 103 34 11 .291 .325 .341 .051 .243 17.5 7.7 2.6
2006 HOU MLB 587 83 147 19 5 1 30 34 88 33 9 .278 .333 .338 .060 .240 15.6 19.3 3.4
2007 CSP AAA 15 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 .357 .400 .357 .000 .230 -0.2 -0.4 -0.1
2007 COL MLB 408 64 119 13 2 2 24 21 55 33 9 .320 .367 .382 .062 .253 12.8 3.4 1.6
2008 COL MLB 538 64 120 15 2 1 26 36 79 68 7 .251 .308 .296 .046 .225 5.8 5.5 1.1
2009 CIN MLB 437 56 97 11 2 1 15 18 58 25 6 .240 .275 .285 .045 .210 -3.6 3.6 -0.0
2010 OKL AAA 100 12 25 3 1 2 10 6 9 2 2 .275 .323 .396 .121 .216 -1.2 0.5 -0.1
2010 GWN AAA 47 6 5 1 0 0 1 4 6 4 1 .119 .213 .143 .024 .115 -6.5 0.3 -0.6
2010 LEH AAA 104 10 20 4 1 0 3 4 18 9 0 .208 .250 .271 .062 .185 -4.9 2.6 -0.2
2010 WAS MLB 37 7 7 0 1 0 4 2 6 1 2 .200 .243 .257 .057 .193 -0.4 -0.2 -0.1
2011 CSP AAA 424 67 118 17 5 10 44 21 51 13 4 .302 .336 .448 .146 .245 1.9 -7.8 -0.6
2012 OBR Wnt 214 32 49 15 0 2 22 14 30 9 3 .255 .310 .365 .109 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 OMA AAA 279 36 59 9 5 2 27 18 40 11 2 .239 .308 .340 .101 .239 7.6 -4.8 0.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 1854 0.5507 0.4490 0.8918 0.5975 0.2665 0.9279 0.7928 0.1034
2009 1573 0.5645 0.4723 0.8989 0.6070 0.2964 0.9443 0.7783 0.0943
2010 118 0.5508 0.5169 0.8852 0.6154 0.3962 0.9250 0.8095 0.1148
Career35450.55680.46160.89470.60230.28410.93510.78690.0997

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-07-24 2011-08-13 Minors 20 19 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2009-08-19 2009-09-22 15-DL 34 32 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2009-07-30 2009-08-03 DTD 4 4 Left Wrist Soreness -
2009-06-03 2009-06-07 DTD 4 4 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2009-05-31 2009-06-02 DTD 2 2 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2009-04-03 2009-04-09 DTD 6 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2008-09-24 2008-09-28 DTD 4 4 Right Lower Leg Stress Fracture Shin -
2008-07-02 2008-07-04 DTD 2 2 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2008-05-24 2008-05-26 DTD 2 2 Right Knee Contusion -
2007-09-09 2007-10-11 DTD 32 22 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2007-08-15 2007-09-01 15-DL 17 16 Right Groin Strain -
2007-08-07 2007-08-10 DTD 3 3 Right Thigh Soreness Quadriceps -
2007-07-09 2007-07-16 DTD 7 3 Right Thigh Soreness Quadriceps -
2007-07-04 2007-07-06 DTD 2 1 Right Thigh Soreness Quadriceps -
2007-06-30 2007-07-01 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Tightness Quadriceps -
2007-05-29 2007-06-01 DTD 3 3 Hand Contusion HBP -
2007-05-07 2007-05-12 DTD 5 5 Groin Strain -
2006-09-17 2006-09-23 DTD 6 6 Left Shoulder Soreness -
2005-09-14 2005-09-16 DTD 2 2 Right Fingers Laceration Middle Finger -
2005-06-06 2005-06-10 DTD 4 3 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2004-11-08 2004-11-14 WIN 6 0 Hip Strain Hip Flexor -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2010 WAS $400,000
2009 CIN $2,250,000
2008 COL $1,975,000
2007 COL $402,000
2006 HOU $400,000
2005 HOU $316,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$5,743,000
6 yrTotal$5,743,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 76 dScott Shapiro, Barry Praver2011

Details
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 1/25/11 (minor-league contract)
  • 2 years/$6.25M (2009-10). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 12/27/08. 09:$2.25M, 10:$4M. Performance bonus: up to $0.25M for 600 PAs in 2009, up to $0.5M for 600 PAs in 2010. Taveras to donate one percent of annual base salary to club charity. Acquired by Oakland in trade from Cincinnati 2/1/10. DFA by Oakland 2/1/10, released 2/9/10. Signed by Washington as a free agent 2/15/10 (minor-league contract), with Nationals paying $0.4M of 2010 salary (if Taveras makes team) and Oakland paying remainder. Contract purchased by Washington 4/4/10. Released by Washington 5/21/10 after being DFA 5/16/10. Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 6/3/10 (minor-league contract). Released by Philadelphia 6/29/10. Signed by Texas as a free agent 8/15/10 (minor-league contract)
  • 1 year/$1.975M (2008). Re-signed by Colorado 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 500, 550, 600 PAs. Non-tendered by Colorado 12/12/2008.
  • 1 year/$0.402M (2007). Renewed 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2006). Re-signed 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.316M (2005). Re-signed 2/05
  • Rights retained in trade 3/04, allowing him to go to minors after being selected in Rule 5 draft 12/03

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who's your early pick for biggest surprise team of 2010?
(Matt from Whippleville, NY)
I suppose it depends on your definition of what's surprising. The Marlins will probably upset the concept of $ = results by again finishing around .500. The Rangers making a run at 95 wins wouldn't surprise me, but it might surprise some observers. The Reds topping .500 and contending with relative good health (and a whole lot less PT for Willy Taveras)? Seems possible to me. The Angels imploding next year, maybe? The Padres finishing .500? Again, I don't think this year delivered all that many surprises, beyond the Rays' underwhelming their expected record, but I might not have the same capacity for easy startling. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-05 16:00:00 (link to chat)The Reds dumped the pitching coach, Dick Pole. Next I'm sure they'll finish rearanging the deck chairs. AFTER THAT, what are the 3 things they should do this offseason?
(Browning Nagle from Cinti)
Willy Taveras needs to go, big time. Or at least only be used as a pinch-runner/defensive replacement. A push for a legit cleanup bat--Phillips is good but if he is your cleanup hitter...--would be good but I can ultimately see them only getting someone like Jermaine Dye, which wouldn't be awful but is certainly not a franchise changing signing. And lastly, let Stubbs, Bruce, Bailey, et al play the whole year. (Eric Seidman)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)To what extent do you consider Dusty Baker a good manager? In 16 years of managing, his first year was his best, and his record on teams sans Bonds is below .500. He's had Cubs teams with talent and never won more than 90 games, and his record with young pitchers is atrocious. I don't see the substance behind the reputation.
(BambinosCurse from Boston)
I've been willing to concede that Baker, while no tactician, might have his uses as a veteran skipper of a predominantly veteran ballclub. Paired with a GM with a strong grip on personnel decisions, he can have value. In the abstract, I'd have thought that he and Walt Jocketty would be a good tandem, but then you wind up with Willy Taveras, and it looks more like a murder/suicide pact. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ignoring for a moment the massive whipping they've taken in the last 18 innings (outscored 32-1), should the Reds be buying or selling? Is there a move out there which helps them now and later?
(Rick from Chicago)
Well, if Dusty Baker could actually figure out that his Willy Taveras fetish is absolutely KILLING his team, I'd say they should be buying, because they're just 3.5 back and they've got the strongest pitching staff they've had in years.

In other words: SELL SELL SELL.

I imagine they could do reasonably well marketing Harang to a contender, though they'd have to make a choice between eating salary and getting Grade-A prospects. Arroyo won't bring back much, but he'll net something, somewhere. A team desperate for a catcher might be able to squint and see a use for Ramon Hernandez. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-06-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Of course, with Jocketty now in cincy, does that change your answer?
(mike from chicago)
Whoops. Sorry about that. I still call it "Shea," too, and often talk about Yankee prospects at Columbus.

I wouldn't trade for a 3B. The guy you get might be a win better than Encarnacion over three months, and he could just as easily be two wins' worse. Maybe that's being optimistic about a disappointing player. The Reds would be better served looking for an OBP source in the outfield, where Willy Taveras and Laynce Nix are killing them. (Is Taveras still trying to steal 100 bases? He has some ground to make up.) (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)In order for the Reds to be in the wildcard race come September, they need to __________?
(dshugert from Ohio)
The short answer: They Aaron Harang to pitch like he did in 2006 and 2007 while Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto advance or at least hold their ground relative to last year while maintaining health. They also need Dusty to get Willy Taveras out of the leadoff spot, and preferably out of the lineup in favor of someone who can get on base regularly. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-04-10 16:30:00 (link to chat)It seems like there's rigid dogma at BP against stolen bases, claiming they're overrated and largely unnecessary. But if someone steals at a high enough clip (say, 85%+) aren't those extra bases very much worthwhile, akin to hitting a double instead of a single?
(Charles from Ann Arbor)
You mistake the target; it's more often the problem with who's getting played to generate those steals than the stealing of the bases that is the problem. Stealing bases doesn't make Willy Taveras or Juan Pierre incredibly valuable in the real world; in the real world, stolen bases aren't a category you play people like that to "win," you use tactics as an element of victory. Everybody should keep an active arsenal of tactical options to put pressure on defenses, but going so far as to play Juan Pierre is where the wisdom involved evaporates. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Reds have any chance of contending for a wildcard berth this season with the their offense?
(Brandon from Charleston)
You've hit the nail on the head as to why they might not; while I like their picking up Ramon Hernandez, picking Willy Taveras is a huge disappointment for a lineup that has OBP issues already, and absent Bruce really blossoming and their adding another outfield bat (I'd rather see Dickerson in center), scoring will be an issue once you take the park into account. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-12-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)If the Cameron deal is dead (according to the latest reports), who is Plan B for the Yanks in CF?
(Anthony from Paramus, NJ)
Melky Cabrera or perhaps Willy Taveras if he gets non-tendered tomorrow as expected. (John Perrotto)
2008-07-30 12:30:00 (link to chat)Since the Rockies aren't selling, any chance they call up Dexter Fowler right after the Olympics to see if he can help and be playoff eligible? It's only Willy Taveras ahead of him.....
(Jonathan from New York)
Haven't heard anything on that but I would say it's possible. (John Perrotto)


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