Ben Revere to Angels: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 23, 2016

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 19:  Centerfielder Ben Revere #9 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after catching a ball hit by first baseman Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves (not pictured) to save a home run in the fourth inning during the game at Turner Field on August 19, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Angels have added free agent Ben Revere to their outfield mix for 2017.  

ESPN's Buster Olney and the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna reported Revere's agreement with the Angels. Olney wrote Revere's deal is for one year and $4 million.

The Angels will be hoping Revere is due for a bounce-back season in 2017. The 28-year-old never got going last season with the Washington Nationals, suffering an oblique injury on Opening Day that kept him out until May 6. He wound up losing his starting spot to Trea Turner in the second half. 

Revere's performance when he did play was lacking. He hit just .217/.260/.300 in 103 games with an OPS more than 100 points below his career mark (.662), per Baseball-Reference.com

Despite his own numbers, Revere never caused problems for the Nationals. He told Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post in August that winning was all he focused on:

I don’t want to be the teammate pouting and everything. I want to do everything I can to be a good teammate, help him out in the outfield and feeling good at the plate. The main thing now for me to do is just anything I can to help this team win a championship. Get to the playoffs, win a championship. There will be some times when they may need me. If that case comes, I got to be ready.

The poor offensive numbers caused Revere's stock to plummet heading into free agency, though there are reasons to believe he can be successful for the Angels in 2017. 

Age isn't a problem for Revere, who is among the youngest free agents this offseason with other outfielders like Yoenis Cespedes and Dexter Fowler over the age of 30. He is just one year removed from posting a .306/.342/.377 slash line in 152 games for the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays

Revere does have to prove his injury woes are a thing of the past. He's only reached the 150-game mark twice in six full MLB seasons. 

The Angels can plug Revere into a corner spot with Mike Trout entrenched in center, as he has played all three positions in his career. His ability to get on base and set the table for run producers like Trout, C.J. Cron and Kole Calhoun in the middle of the lineup gives Los Angeles' lineup more depth. 

There are plenty of questions for Revere to answer on this contract, but a successful season for the Angels would give him a chance to rebuild his value and hit free agency next winter at the age of 29. It's a smart short-term investment for both the player and team. 

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