Former Midwest League MVP signs with Angels

Free-agent outfielder Ben Revere signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.

Typically a reliable hitter in terms of batting average, Revere struggled at the plate this year as he battled back from an oblique injury suffered in his first at-bat of the season. He eventually lost his starting job to rookie Trea Turner, and ended up batting only .217 with 2 HR, 24 RBI and 14 SB in 103 games with the Washington Nationals.

One year earlier, he batted .306 with 2 HR, 45 RBI and 31 SB in 152 games with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays. Through seven MLB seasons, he has a .285 batting average, six home runs, 178 runs batted in, and 190 stolen bases.

Revere was the Midwest League’s Most Valuable Player and Prospect of the Year in 2008, when he batted .379 with 1 HR, 43 RBI and 44 SB in 83 games with the Beloit Snappers. Beloit was affiliated with the Minnesota Twins at that time. Revere made his major-league debut for the Twins in September 2010.

To make room for Revere on its 40-man roster, the Angels designated first baseman/outfielder Ji-Man Choi for assignment. Choi batted .170 with 5 HR and 12 RBI in 54 games with the Angels this year. The South Korea native played for the Clinton LumberKings in 2012, batting .298 with 8 HR and 43 RBI in 66 games with the Seattle Mariners affiliate.

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