Multiple teams looking to acquire Scott Downs

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Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the competition to acquire Blue Jays reliever Scott Downs has become “fierce” between the Red Sox and Yankees. 

The Mets, Reds and Twins have also expressed interest and the Rockies have been linked loosely.

Downs, a southpaw, has posted an excellent 2.45 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 40.1 innings for the Jays this season.  He’s held left-handed hitters to a .189 batting average and righties haven’t fared much better. 

There isn’t a team in baseball that would pass on an opportunity to add a quality bullpen arm and the competition between the clubs involved will only help the Jays in the end.  They’re on the search for young, affordable talent and have also made closer Kevin Gregg and setup man Jason Frasor available to interested teams.

Report: Reds sign Ben Revere

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The Reds have signed outfielder Ben Revere to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Revere is expected to take home a salary between $1 million and $1.5 million if he makes the major league roster, Heyman adds.

Revere, 29, spent last season with the Angels. He batted a light .275/.308/.344 in 308 plate appearances. Revere does have some speed as he stole 21 bases last year.

Revere will try to earn a spot on the roster as a backup outfielder. The Reds’ starting spots are spoken for with Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton, and Scott Schebler.