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Angels News: Team signs Ben Revere to one-year deal

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The Los Angeles Angels on Friday afternoon agreed to a one-year deal worth $4 million with veteran outfielder Ben Revere, according to ESPN.com.

The 28-year-old had been acquired by the Washington Nationals last January from the Toronto Blue Jays. Revere missed the first portion of the 2016 season after suffering a strained right oblique muscle in his first at-bat of the year. He finished the season batting .217 with two homer runs and 24 RBIs in 103 games. 

Revere is an above-average fielder that has shown the versatility of playing all the position in the outfield. He split his time last year playing both left field and center field for the Nationals. Prior to that, he primarily played center field while with the Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, and Minnesota Twins. 

When healthy, Revere has proven to be a serviceable option at the plate with a career .285 batting average, which included hitting above .300 in the three previous campaigns prior to 2016. During this stretch, he led the NL in hits during the 2014 season with the Phillies. 

Revere also brings some much-needed speed on the base paths having stolen 20-plus bases in each full season prior to last year. In fact, he has topped 30 stolen bases four times, including twice recording more than 40. 

With the Angels, Revere will likely take up the backup role in left field to fellow offseason acquisition Cameron Maybin. He could also see time in center field if needed to spell two-time AL MVP Mike Trout

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He's also currently a sports freelance writer for Sports Uncut. He's also the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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