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offseasons, the most notable center fielders to move in free agency were Coco Crisp , Mike Cameron , Marlon Byrd and Willy Taveras . If the Sox wanted a player capable of being a center fielder, they were going to have to pay a premium to land him
Cameron , Red Sox, 2 years, $15.5 million 2009-10: Marlon Byrd , Cubs, 3 years, $15 million 2008-09: Willy Taveras , Reds, 2 years, $6.25 million You have to go back to the winter of 2007-08, when Torii Hunter signed a five-year
majors (min. 100 post-ASB PA vs RHP): .463 - Alberto Gonzalez .473 - Jermaine Dye .487 - Jason Varitek .490 - Willy Taveras Over the past three seasons, Varitek has a .575 OPS against RHP after the All-Star break, lowest among catchers
Jacoby Ellsbury apparently wanted to avoid the infamy of being less powerful than Willy Taveras during a 14-game hitting streak. He lined a double down the right-field line to open the inning, though he was thrown out
least 14 straight this year. His extra-base hit total is the lowest during such a streak of that group, one behind Willy Taveras , who had five extra-base hits in his 14-game streak.
Clay Buchholz had a 1-2-3 first inning against the Cincinnati trio of Willy Taveras , Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Joey Votto. But he had to earn it as he threw 18 pitches, including 10 to Votto before the Reds first