The Braves have signed veteran major league outfielder Willy Taveras to a minor league contract. He played for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves in Sunday's game in Durham.
Taveras has played with Houston, Colorado, Cincinnati, and most recently in the big leagues with Washington. The Nationals released Taveras after he hit only .200 in 27 games.
Two years ago Taveras had 68 stolen bases for the Rockies to lead the National League. He turned that good season into a new contract with the Reds worth $6.25 million through this season.
But last season Taveras hit only .240 with the Reds with 25 stolen bases and a .275 on base percentage. Cincinnati then traded Taveras to Oakland on February 1 this year, but the A's released him a week later.
Taveras then signed a deal with Washington, but the Nationals released him on May 21. The Phillies signed Taveras June 3, but he was released on June 29. Taveras hit only .208 for Lehigh Valley with nine stolen bases.
With Jason Heyward and Nate McLouth still on the disabled list, Taveras is simply insurance in case the Braves need another outfielder. It's doubtful he'd be brought up unless there is another injury.
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