The Braves approached the Padres about Will Venable’s availability but were told he’s not available.
It comes as no surprise that a team would try to pry the underrated Venable from San Diego, or that the Friars would rebuff them. The 29-year-old batted .246/.310/.395 with nine homers, 44 RBI, 26 stolen bases and a .704 OPS over 411 plate appearances last season. If this is the year Venable gets 450 at-bats for the first time, he’ll likely steal over 30 bases with double digit home runs. We don’t like to read into spring training numbers, but it’s worth noting that Venable has posted a .948 OPS and stolen six bases in six attempts.