Phillies sign Taveras to minor-league deal

Willy Taveras has been signed to a minor-league deal with the Phillies. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

Not that this will fix all that ails the Phillies' offense, but the team has signed outfielder Willy Taveras to a minor-league deal Thursday. Taveras, a major-league veteran of seven seasons, will report to triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

Taveras, 28, will replace outfielder Dewayne Wise at triple A. Wise had an out clause in his contract for June 1 and he exercised it, making him a free agent. Wise hit .272 in 36 games with Lehigh Valley.

Taveras began the season on the Washington Nationals roster and appeared in 28 games. He hit .200 with four RBIs and seven runs scored in 35 at-bats. He's always been known for his speed and defense, but not so much for his bat.

Since hitting .320 for Colorado in 2007, Taveras is hitting .244. He did lead the majors with 68 steals in 2008.

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