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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.

Nationals release Joe Nathan and Matt Albers

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At the end of January, the Nationals signed relievers Joe Nathan and Matt Albers. Today the Nationals have released Joe Nathan and Matt Albers.

Nathan, 42, pitched in just ten games last year, totaling only six and a third innings, between the Giants and the Cubs. He missed the entire 2015 season except for one third of an inning on Opening Day. Albers pitched in 58 games for the White Sox last year, posting an unsightly 6.31 ERA He pitched wonderfully in 30 games in 2015 however.

This spring Nathan and Albers pitched in more games than any other Nats relievers. Twelve for Nathan, ten for Albers. And they pitched well, with Nathan giving up five earned runs and Albers none. Apparently, however, there just isn’t room on the roster for those two.

This could be the end of the line for Nathan, a 16-year veteran with 377 career saves.

Six-year old boy reports the Indians want to give Francisco Lindor a seven-year contract

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The substance of the report is not shocking. Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s brightest young stars and the Cleveland Indians would, no doubt, wish to lock him up for an extended period of time. The surprising part is the guy who reported that, yes, the Indians are working to get Lindor a seven-year extension.

That guy: six-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff. Brody was invited into the team’s broadcast booth during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago White Sox. Indians announcer Tom Hamilton asked, no doubt jokingly, if his working on anything interesting. Brody:

“He’s trying to get, um, Lindor to play for seven more years,”

Again, not shocking. It would’ve been way worse if Brody had said “Dad’s working on a three-way deal that’ll send Naquin to an NL team in order to affect a three-way trade that’ll land us Verlander without having to deal directly with a divisional rival.” But I imagine Dad still would’ve preferred he not mention that.

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