Top Will Venable News

  • Dodgers' Will Venable: DFA'd by Dodgers on Thursday

    Venable was designated for assignment Thursday.

    Venable's time with the Dodgers appears to have run its course after the veteran struggled to make a difference as a left-handed bat off the bench. He slashed just .056/.105/.111 with five strikeouts in 18 at-bats this season before being DFA'd on Thursday. He'll now be subject to waivers and could be picked up by a team looking to add a left-handed bat.

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  • Dodgers' Will Venable: Called up by Dodgers

    Venable was called up by the Dodgers on Friday.

    His decision to accept an outright assignment paid off as Venable is back with the team, replacing Joc Pederson (shoulder) on the roster, just a little over a week after being designated for assignment. Venable went 20/20 as recently as 2013 but went 1-for-10 with the Dodgers earlier this season and it's hard to imagine he'll play enough to gain any relevance in mixed leagues.

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  • Dodgers' Will Venable: Clears waivers and gets outrighted Saturday

    Venable was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

    Designated for assignment on Friday, Venable went unclaimed during his waiver period and will stay with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate. Prior to being signed by Los Angeles on June 14, the 33-year-old spent time with Philadelphia's minor league club, Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he slashed .205/.304/.307 over 41 games.

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  • Dodgers' Will Venable: Designated for assignment

    Venable was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Friday.

    His tenure with the Dodgers lasted less than two weeks, with Venable totaling 10 at-bats over the course of six games. Venable was a 20-20 player just three years ago, and while the skills have diminished as he approaches his mid-30s, he should still have some suitors on the open market assuming he elects free agency.

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  • Dodgers' Will Venable: Out of lineup Saturday

    Venable is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers.

    The recently acquired Venable draws the day off Saturday after making two consecutive starts in right field for the Dodgers. Trayce Thompson will slide over to right while Enrique Hernandez takes over in left field Saturday. Venable figures to see semi-regular at-bats against right-handed pitching moving forward, but the veteran is unlikely to carve out an everyday role.

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  • Dodgers' Will Venable: Starting in right, batting eighth

    Venable is starting in right field and batting eighth against Milwaukee on Thursday.

    Venable is making his first start for the Dodgers this season after the club acquired him on Tuesday. He's likely to be a fill-in outfielder going forward given the Dodgers have Howie Kendrick and Joc Pederson playing regularly and Yasiel Puig is returning soon. However, his left-handed bat could provide him playing time as he'd be a solid matchup against right-handers.

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  • Dodgers' Will Venable: Inks deal with Dodgers

    Venable was signed by the Dodgers on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

    The addition of Venable brings a much-needed left-handed bat into the Dodgers' outfield rotation. With Andre Ethier sidelined since spring training, Joc Pederson was the Dodgers' lone lefty outfielder through the opening third of the season. Venable struggled during his time with the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate earlier this season, slashing just .205/.304/.307 through 127 at-bats before opting out Friday. The Dodgers optioned Austin Barnes to Triple-A Oklahoma City to clear a roster spot for Venable.

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  • Phillies' Will Venable: Exercises opt out clause Friday

    Venable exercised the opt-out in his contract on Friday, Tom Housenick of the Allentown Morning Call reports.

    Venable hit .205/.304/.307 with two home runs in 127 at-bats for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He was not going to get an opportunity with the Phillies given his poor production in the minors, so he'll try to latch on with another club looking for outfield depth.

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  • Phillies' Will Venable: Candidate for promotion

    Venable is a candidate to be promoted from the minors if the Phillies don't start getting some production from their corner outfielders, Jeff Neiburg of CSN Philadelphia reports.

    Cedric Hunter and Peter Bourjos have provided little offensively thus far. Venable is hitting .150 (3-for-20) with a double in six games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. David Lough and Darnell Sweeney are also candidates for a promotion if the Phillies decide to make a move.

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  • Phillies' Will Venable: Assigned to minor league camp

    Venable was assigned to minor league camp Friday, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports.

    Venable posted a paltry .462 OPS this spring, and was beaten out for a roster spot by Cedric Hunter. Venable said earlier in the week he would be willing to remain with the Phillies even if he did not break camp with the big club, so his season will likely begin with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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  • Phillies' Will Venable: Willing to go to Triple-A

    Venable said he is willing to go to Triple-A if he does not earn a roster spot with the Phillies, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

    Venable is competing for one of two bench spots with Cedric Hunter and Emmanuel Burriss. He has a May 1 opt out in his contract if he is not in the majors by that date.

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  • Phillies' Will Venable: Signs minor league contract with Phillies on Monday

    Venable signed a minor league contract with the Phillies on Monday that includes an invitation to major league spring training, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    After failing to make the Indians 25-man roster, Venable will try again with the rebuilding Phillies. Philadelphia has been marred with outfield injuries this spring, making Venable a nice fit for them. If he makes the Opening Day roster, there's a good chance that he could platoon with Rule 5 pick Tyler Goeddel.

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  • Will Venable: Granted release Sunday

    Venable was informed Sunday that he wouldn't make the Indians' 25-man roster and has been granted his release, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

    The superior Cactus League performance of Tyler Naquin likely ended Venable's bid for a roster spot, as both players are lefty-hitting center fielders. The 33-year-old Venable could still attract interest as a platoon outfielder for another organization.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 205 lbs
Birthplace: Greenbrae, CA
Age: 41
Experience: 9
Bats/Throws: L, L