Reds Jettison Willy Taveras, But At A Cost





The Deal
The Athletics play hot potato with the recently-acquired Aaron Miles, sending the second baseman (plus either a player to be named or cash) to the Reds for another player with an outsized contract, center fielder Willy Taveras. Oakland also receives 26-year-old third baseman Adam Rosales, who may offer a bit of utility if he can double as a middle-infield backup.

Cincinnati draws immediate value from the deal because it opens a 40-man roster spot for it to sign free agent shortstop Orlando Cabrera. Upon trading for Taveras, the A's promptly designated him for assignment, which could precipitate another trade or result in the 2008 National League stolen base champ returning to Triple-A.
 
Athletics Acquire
Adam Rosales, 3b
Age: 26. Position: 3B (69 G), SS (17 G), 1B (14 G), 2B (8 G).
Born: May 20, 1983 in Chicago.
Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 195. Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Western Michigan.
Career Transactions: Selected by Reds in 12th round of 2005 draft; signed June 9, 2005.

Club (League) Class AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Louisville (IL) AAA .349 30 109 27 38 8 2 5 20 12 15 4 .408 .596
Cincinnati (NL) MLB .213 87 230 23 49 10 1 4 19 26 46 1 .303 .317

While Rosales enjoyed a huge month in the International League before his callup last year, one that could not possibly be sustained, his track record suggests that he is not without offensive upside. He logged an .802 OPS with Louisville in 2008 and a .926 figure with Double-A Chattanooga in 2007. His swing can get loopy, but he makes solid contact, manages the strike zone and hits for adequate power. Rosales can fill in at shortstop but lackes the range to play there every day. Third base ought to be his defensive home most of the time because of an above-average, accurate arm and soft hands.
 
Willy Taveras, cf
Age: 28. Bats: R. Remaining Commitment: 1 year, $4 million.
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Colorado (NL) 2007 .320 97 372 64 119 13 2 2 24 21 55 33 .367 .382
Colorado (NL) 2008 .251 133 479 64 120 15 2 1 26 36 79 68 .308 .296
Cincinnati (NL) 2009 .240 102 404 56 97 11 2 1 15 18 58 25 .275 .285
3-Year Totals .268 332 1255 184 336 39 6 4 65 75 192 126 .315 .318
 
Reds Acquire
Aaron Miles, 2b
Age: 32. Bats: B. Remaining Commitment: 1 year, $2.7 million.
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
St. Louis (NL) 2007 .290 133 414 55 120 16 1 2 32 25 40 2 .328 .348
St. Louis (NL) 2008 .317 134 379 49 120 15 2 4 31 23 37 3 .355 .398
Chicago (NL) 2009 .185 74 157 17 29 7 1 0 5 8 21 3 .224 .242
3-Year Totals .283 341 950 121 269 38 4 6 68 56 98 8 .322 .351

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