The Rangers have signed outfielder Ben Revere to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The deal comes with a $1MM salary if Revere makes the majors, per Jon Heyman of Fancred.
Revere, out of work since the Angels released him last August, is coming off a year spent solely at the Triple-A level. The 30-year-old took 166 trips to the plate with the Angels’ top affiliate and hit .277/.319/.406.
Before 2018, Revere – a first-round pick of the Twins in 2007 – saw major league action in seven straight and was successful at times. With the Twins, Phillies and Blue Jays from 2010-15, the lefty-hitting speedster posted four seasons of at least 1.5 fWAR and stole between 22 and 49 bases in five campaigns. At the same time, Revere batted a solid .295 with a .328 on-base percentage across 2,660 plate appearances, though a complete lack of power (four home runs, .054 ISO, .348 slugging percentage) tamped down his offensive impact.
After his decent early career run, Revere’s production fell below replacement level from 2016-17 with the Nationals and Angels, thus keeping him out of the majors last year. The center field-capable Revere could resurface in Texas in 2019, though the team already has six outfielders on its 40-man roster (Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara, Delino DeShields, Willie Calhoun, Carlos Tocci and the injured Scott Heineman), not to mention veteran minor league signings Hunter Pence and Danny Santana vying for spots in camp.
perhaps he may actually get a chance this year…
Revere rides again!!
If he does make the team, that’s a a lot of lefties in that batting lineup
So, I take it they won’t be going after Harper?
Harper, Revere, what’s the difference.
Right now the difference is that Revere has a contract to play baseball.
You can do far, far worse than Ben Revere.
Wheres that guy from the Live Chat? Here’s your moment to shine… Rangers made a move… WS bound.
He has always been revered by his teammates
I can’t believe the Rangers are REVEREting to this
Im a rangers fan, but i just dont get some of these moves, unless they plan to trade off everybody at deadline.
That’s what rebuilding is, you sign guys to one year contracts and if you’re lucky you can get a prospect or two at the deadline
Yes, i get that. But i meant more of possibility of gallos, mazara, and deshields being traded. In order to sign guys and then flip them, they have to get playing time to build value. And when is revere gonna play with those 3 in lineup and pence likely ahead of him
The way this team is constructed i dont see him ever playing in arlington
Depth – literally everyone could get injured. Not bad to have MLB experience at the AAA level either.
Chicks Dig the Longball
Will he hit a home run this year?
Set the line at .5 and I’ll take the under…
No better park in the A.L. to try to!
Man 30 seems so young for him yet.
Ever since the Storen for Revere (1 for 1) trade happened, both players went from above-average MLB player to people struggling to find an MLB contract…
He did pretty well for the Angels as the 4th OF and had a decent contract that he signed in December that off-season
Surprising that the Giants didn’t get him first. Seems like a Zaidi special.
aw man, you said what i was going to say almost word for word
Headline should have read “Revere Inexplicably Escapes Farhan’s Grip.”
Happy for this dude. Always liked him.