The Angels signed outfielder Ben Revere to a one-year, $4 million contract on Friday, per a club announcement. The 28-year-old stands to make another $2.25 million in incentives depending on the number of plate appearances he logs with the Angels in 2017 (via FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman).
After splitting time in center and left field with the Nationals in 2016, Revere figures to platoon with Cameron Maybin in left field going forward. Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register pegs Revere as insurance in case Maybin struggles or gets injured, though Revere has seen plenty of his own troubles over the last year. The outfielder was non-tendered by the Nationals after slashing a career-worst .217/.260/.300 with two home runs and 14 stolen bases in 375 PA last season. Part of his decline can be attributed to a right oblique strain that kept him sidelined until the first week of May, however, and should he return a fraction of the .285/.320/.342 career line that marked his best years with the Twins, Phillies and Blue Jays, the Angels should see significant improvement in what has become a problem spot for them over the last few seasons.
With Revere on the books, the Angels designated first baseman/left fielder Ji-Man Choi for assignment. Choi made his major league debut with Anaheim in 2016, batting just .170/.271/.339 with five home runs in 129 PA.
Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that the Brewers have put together a trade offer for Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. He describes the club’s interest in Yelich as “strong,” and notes that other teams remain in the mix.
Yelich’s relationship with the Marlins was recently described by his agent as “irretrievably broken” following the trades of Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon. His agent said Yelich “needs to get on with his career where he’s got a chance to win.” Understandably, teams have been calling the Marlins asking about him.
The 26-year-old hit .282/.369/.439 with 18 home runs, 81 RBI, 100 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances last season. He’s in the fourth year of a seven-year, $49.57 million contract of which $44.5 million remains. Given how slow the free agent market has been this offseason, it’s difficult to say exactly what he would get if he were to hit the open market, but it is safe to say that his current contract is very much a bargain for his team, which only makes him even more attractive to inquiring teams.
The Brewers are an interesting team to get involved in the Yelich sweepstakes. Their outfield already has three capable players in Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana, and Keon Broxton. Yelich would still be an upgrade, but the Brewers’ resources may be better spent in other areas like the starting rotation.
Given Yelich’s displeasure and Jeter’s insistence on stripping the Marlins bare — including, potentially, the iconic home run sculpture — it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see a trade happen.