Will Venable OF/DH TEX 3 weeks ago

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.

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Will Venable OF/DH TEX 1 month ago

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

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Will Venable OF/DH TEX 1 month ago

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.

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Will Venable OF/DH TEX 1 month ago

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.

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Will Venable OF/DH TEX 1 month ago

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.

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Will Venable OF/DH TEX 2 months ago

Venable signed a minor league deal with the Indians on Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Venable, who finished last season with the Rangers, was thought to be a potential replacement for the injured Josh Hamilton in Texas, but he'll instead head to Cleveland to join GM Mike Chernoff, who was a college teammate at Princeton. The 33-year-old is coming off of a struggle-filled end to 2015, as he hit just .182 with 21 strikeouts in 82 plate appearances for the Rangers across 37 games. Venable put up a .258/.318/.378 slash line in 98 games for the Padres, however, and his career .251 average likely provides him a good chance to crack Cleveland's 25-man, Opening Day roster.

Will Venable OF/DH TEX 8 months ago

Venable is out of the lineup Saturday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Stefan Stevenson reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Rangers recalled Ryan Rua from Triple-A on Saturday, and he will immediately step into the lineup. However, Venable still figures to see three or four starts per week in left field down the stretch.

Will Venable OF/DH TEX 8 months ago

Venable is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Venable has been seeing regular playing time in left field since arriving in Texas, but he'll sit with left-hander Hector Santiago on the mound for the opposing Angels. Ryan Strausborger will take over, providing an extra right-handed bat in the lineup.

Will Venable OF/DH TEX 9 months ago

The Texas Rangers acquired outfielder Wil Venable from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday for minor league outfielder Marcus Greene and a player to be named later. Venable provides insurance for the Rangers with Josh Hamilton out because of a knee injury.

Will Venable OF/DH TEX 10 months ago

Venable is out of the lineup Thursday against the Cardinals, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Venable will take a seat with the left-handed Tim Cooney on the mound for the Cardinals on Thursday. The Padres will turn to Melvin Upton Jr. in center field and atop the order in his place, but Venable remains the primary center fielder at this point.