Grading the Ben Revere Signing

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Updated: January 3, 2017

Last week, the Angels agreed to a one year, $4M contract with outfielder Ben Revere, presumably filling the last open position player spot on their roster as the fourth outfielder. Revere is coming off of a disappointing season, slashing only .217/.260/.300 over 375 plate appearances for the Washington Nationals, leading to their decision to non-tender him.

In the two years prior, however, Revere was a solid role player, slashing .306/.333/.369 with eighty stolen bases, and even with last season’s underwhelming output, Revere continued to post excellent contact ability as he has throughout his career.

If Revere can experience even a modest bounce-back season, he’ll bring some much needed contact, speed, and baserunning ability to the team.

Although he is slated to be the fourth outfielder, he will most likely end up sharing more time with left fielder Cameron Maybin than a typical fourth outfielder would, and is more than capable of filling in for Mike Trout in center. Adding Revere and Maybin this offseason to Trout and Gold Glover Kole Calhoun gives the Angels arguably the best defensive outfield in all of baseball.

Combine that with a solid backstop duo of Carlos Perez and new addition Martin Maldonado and one of the best double play combos in shortstop Andrelton Simmons and new second baseman Danny Espinosa, and the Angels are in a very good place defensively.

This pitching staff can use all the help it can get, and GM Billy Eppler and staff did a great job in identifying that need and filling it on the cheap this offseason. The Angels have done a great job of filling needs on cheap, one year deals, and on paper they’ve clearly upgraded positions of weakness in left field and second base.

Whether those improvements pan out and translate to wins remains to be seen, especially with question marks remaining in the pitching staff and the offensive side of the catcher position, but for now the Angels have continued a quiet, yet solid offseason. Overall Grade: B.

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