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Phillies | Will Venable signs with Phils

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:35:14 -0700

Free-agent OF Will Venable (Indians) signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies Monday, March 28.

Fantasy Tip: Given the injury to Aaron Altherr, we'd expect Venable to make the major league roster and become a platoon option with Peter Bourjos. If that happens, Venable could become a steals option in NL-only formats. His ground balls are on the rise, though, so don't expect much of anything else.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Matt Gelb

Indians | Indians ink Will Venable

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 09:31:17 -0800

Free-agent OF Will Venable (Rangers) has officially signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, which includes an invitation to spring training.

Fantasy Tip: While Venable has dropped off considerably the past two seasons with both the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers, he does have potential to resurface in his new situation in Cleveland. The Indians don't exactly sport a ton of depth as it pertains to their outfield, and if Venable is able to secure a starting job, he could be a useful asset for steals. More likely, though, he'll settle in as more of a player for AL-only leagues.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Jordan Bastian

Indians | Will Venable in Cleveland

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 05:43:29 -0800

Free-agent OF Will Venable (Rangers) is expected to be in Cleveland Indians camp Friday, Feb. 26, which means they're close to a deal.

Fantasy Tip: Venable is a part-time player that can steal some bags, but he's mostly an AL-only player.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: FOXSports.com - Ken Rosenthal

Rangers | Texas eyeing Alejandro De Aza

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 10:56:28 -0800

The Texas Rangers are "keeping tabs" on New York Mets OF Alejandro De Aza in case OF Josh Hamilton's (knee) knee woes continue. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has acknowledged that they could trade De Aza because they have an excess of outfielders. The Rangers are also considering free-agent OFs David Murphy (Angels) and Will Venable (Rangers).

Fantasy Tip: As things stand now as a fifth outfielder for the Mets, De Aza has very little fantasy value. However, if he's traded or the Mets suffer an injury that would open up significant playing time, he could be attractive in deep mixed and single-universe leagues late in drafts.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Adam Rubin

Mets | New York prefers Denard Span

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:02:17 -0800

The New York Mets prefer signing free-agent OF Denard Span (Nationals) over free-agent OFs Will Venable (Rangers), Alejandro De Aza (Giants) or Gerardo Parra (Orioles), but Span is coming off hip surgery and is looking for a multi-year deal. Parra's defense has slipped in recent years and might be looking for too rich of a contract. The Mets continue to look for a left-handed hitting center fielder who could platoon with OF Juan Lagares.

Fantasy Tip: Span was having a fine season for the Nationals last year before injury struck, as he hit .301 (74-for-275) with 11 stolen bases and 38 runs in 61 games. Span is mainly useful for his contact-oriented approach, on-base skills and runs, but part-time duty with New York would limit his fantasy upside and relegate him mainly to deep mixed and NL-only leagues.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jerry Crasnick

Mets | Center field a need for the Mets

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 12:04:40 -0800

Free-agent OFs Gerardo Parra (Orioles), Denard Span (Nationals) and Will Venable (Rangers) are of interest to the New York Mets, according to sources, and general manager John Ricco said the organization will look at each one individuall Thursday, Dec. 10. New York is looking for a left-handed-hitting outfielder to platoon in center field with OF Juan Lagares.

Fantasy Tip: Lagares struggles against right-handed pitching, so adding an outfielder to platoon with him makes sense. However, platoons are rarely useful for fantasy purposes in the majority of formats. Parra, Span and Venable are all low-end options with full-time gigs, too. Stay tuned for updates, but it appears the Mets will be adding an outfielder.

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Rangers | Will Venable draws into lineup

Thu, 24 Sep 2015 11:05:43 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Will Venable is starting in left field and is hitting eighth against Oakland Athletics SP Chris Bassitt Thursday, Sept. 24. 3B Joey Gallo will start on the bench against a righty.

Fantasy Tip: Venable ($3,300, 6.6% of cap) has some daily upside because of his speed and a matchup against a pitcher coming off injury, but the fact remains he's a weaker outfield option on FantasyScore when he's hitting that low in the batting order.

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Rangers | Will Venable playing left field

Sun, 20 Sep 2015 11:19:17 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Will Venable will bat leadoff and play left field against Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez Sunday, Sept. 20.

Fantasy Tip: This is not a great matchup for Venable ($3,300, 6.6% of cap), so FantasyScore owners should avoid using him. He is just 3-for-26 during the month of September and only has four hits in 26 career at-bats versus Hernandez.

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Rangers | Delino DeShields still sidelined

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 11:07:54 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Delino DeShields Jr. (knee) remains out of the lineup Thursday, Sept. 10. OF Will Venable is starting in center field and hitting leadoff against Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez.

Fantasy Tip: We don't recommend using Venable ($3,300, 6.6% of cap) on FantasyScore against King Felix today. Venable does have speed (14 stolen bases this year), but he's hitting just .256 and has only six home runs in 2015.

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Rangers | Joey Gallo back in LF

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:15:17 -0700

Texas Rangers 3B Joey Gallo is starting in left field again and is hitting eighth against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Garrett Richards Friday, Sept. 4. OF Will Venable will start on the bench.

Fantasy Tip: Gallo ($4,600, 9.2% of cap) has looked overmatched at times this year in the majors with 46 strikeouts in 90 at-bats, but nine of his 19 hits have been of the extra-base variety with five long balls. He has extreme power but is unlikely to help your average. Add him in deep mixed leagues immediately if you could use some pop down the stretch.

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