Angels Sign Ben Revere, Finalizing Position Player Roster Structure

Angels sign Ben Revere to one-year, $4 million deal.

Following the acquisition of Cameron Maybin just days into the off-season, the Angels have been searching for a fourth outfielder.

The search is now over.

Following initial reports from ESPN, the Angels announced the signing of Ben Revere to a one-year deal.

The deal, according to Jon Heyman of FanRagSports, was signed at a $4 million base, with #2.25 million in incentives based on plate appearances.

As noted multiples times by Angels' GM, Billy Eppler, the team was hoping for a left-handed bat to fill the fourth outfield spot, and that defense was not the primary concern. They got their man in Revere.

Revere, 28, has been a starter through the majority of his career, will serve as a backup and potential alternate option if Maybin cannot perform to his normal abilities.

The outfielder struggled last season with the Nationals, following an oblique injury in his first plate appearance. He never rebounded, batting .217 with a .560 OPS. All of his 2016 statistics were career lows since entering the league full-time in 2011.

In early December, the Nationals non-tendered Revere, making him a free agent.

In his seven-year career, Revere has a .285 average, .320 on-base percentage and .662 OPS.

Since 2011, Revere ranks fourth across Major League Baseball in stolen bases at 190. His .286 average over the span ranks 13th among Major League outfielders.

Over the span of his career, Revere has struck out in just 9.3% of his plate appearances. Among outfielders with 3,000 plate appearances since 1986, Revere ranks ninth over the last 30 years.

Though the Angels' Front Office has had some makeovers, the team has shown interest in Revere since 2015, hoping to acquire him via trade. In recent unconfirmed reports, Jerry Dipoto, former Angels GM and current Mariners GM, expressed interest in signing Revere.

Revere's addition to the roster is likely the final drastic improvement Eppler will make prior to the season.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Angels designated Ji-Man Choi for assignment.

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