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

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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.

Report: Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.

According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.

The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.