Rangers signing Tavares
The Rangers are signing outfielder Willy Tavares to a Triple A Oklahoma City contract. He has been hitting .181 for two teams in Triple A this year and hit .200 in 27 games with Washington. The Rangers need the outfield depth with Brandon Boggs at the big leagues and Craig Gentry sidelined at Triple A with a broken wrist.
Tavares, 29, has played all or parts of seven seasons in the big leagues with the Astros, Rockies, Reds and Nationals. He hit .320 for the Rockies in 2007 and led the National League in stolen bases with 68.
His career 162-game average is a .274 batting average with a .320 on-base percentage, 87 runs scored, 17 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 31 RBI and 47 stolen bases.