Another year, another Red hat for Ben Revere
For the sixth consecutive year, Ben Revere will don a red hat going into 2018.
After waiting in the free agent bargain bin all winter, the 29-year-old outfielder will have a chance to make the Cincinnati Reds after signing a minor league deal.
Revere’s family and friends must be delighted to know that he is going to get a shot with Cincinnati, which is less than a two-hour drive from his home in Lexington, KY. He’ll be even closer if Revere has to start the season in the Reds’ Triple-A team, which is in Louisville.
Revere also had minor league offers from the San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves but the Reds gives him the best chance to make a big league club as a speedy outfielder off the bench.
“I’ve seen him play,” Reds manager Bryan Price told reporters. “He isn’t a secret. He’s a well-versed baseball guy. We have four outfielders with a solid footing on the roster. He can offer a component that we may lack — speed off the bench.”
While most teams like to keep only four outfielders, Price prefers five, with Revere possibly being the fifth guy. He played all three outfield positions during his career with Minnesota, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington and as recently as the Los Angeles Angels, where he made $4 million last season batting .275 with one homer and 20 RBIs in 109 games.
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