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.