Rangers acquire outfielder Will Venable from San Diego Padres in exchange for C/OF Marcus Greene and a player to be named later
Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers announced tonight that the club has acquired outfielder Will Venable from the San Diego Padres in exchange for catcher/outfielder Marcus Greene and a player to be named later. To make room on the 40-man roster, the club has designated outfielder Michael Choice for assignment. The Rangers will make a corresponding move for the 25-man roster when Venable reports to the club.
Venable, 32, has spent his entire career in the Padres organization since he was selected in the 7th round of the 2005 June draft. The left-handed batter and thrower has a .258 average with 6 home runs and 30 RBI in 98 games for San Diego this season, playing primarily against right-handed pitching. He has made 68 total starts, with 56 starts in center, 8 in left field, and 4 in right field. Venable owns a .345 (19-55) batting average with runners in scoring position this season.
Venable has a .252 career batting average over 8 major league seasons with San Diego since his debut with the Padres in 2008. He was selected as the Padres' 2013 Most Valuable Player by the San Diego chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America after setting career highs in most offensive categories that year, including batting average (.268), home runs (22), RBI (53), and OPS (.796). Venable majored in anthropology at Princeton University, where he was All-Ivy League in both baseball and basketball. He currently resides in Austin.
Greene, who turns 21 tomorrow, batted .218 (17-78) with 5 home runs and 9 RBI in 25 games with Low-A Hickory before his season ended with 'Tommy John' surgery on his right elbow in June. He was a 16th round selection by the Rangers in the 2013 June draft.
The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release, or outright Choice to the minor leagues. Choice has spent the bulk of the season with Triple-A Round Rock, batting .244 with 12 home runs and 60 RBI in 110 games. His only game for the Rangers this season came on June 24 versus Oakland.
The Rangers' major league roster is still at the 40-man limit.