The Baltimore Orioles still haven’t found their everyday right fielder for the 2017 season.
One of their possible candidates outfielder Ben Revere, was signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim yesterday. It is a one-year, $4M pact that will ensure both sides get what they want.
The Angels are looking for lightning in a bottle with Revere, who had a down season with the Washington Nationals in 2016. Revere batted .217/.260/.300. However, Revere is a career .285/.320/.342 hitter. It’s safe to say that he could bounce back.
As for those birds in black and orange, his signing would have been a smart move. He was picked up on the cheap and if he had a good season in Baltimore, hypothetically speaking, he could have been brought back. It’s a move that I’m honestly surprised that Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette didn’t make this move.
In the past, Duquette has taken flyers out on players who are coming back from suspension (Nelson Cruz), a player who’s power numbers had fallen in the previous season (Mark Trumbo), and an unproven rookie outfielder (Hyun-Soo Kim). It is a move that just made perfect sense for the Orioles, who have a gaping hole in left field. Revere is also a better defender than the other players that have been named.
He wasn’t signed by Baltimore, so they must move on and it seems that they already have with Rajai Davis.
The Orioles have long coveted left-hander Boone Logan, but how much are they willing to spend? MLBTradeRumors.com predicted that the White Sox would sign Logan to a two-year, $12 million contract.
The Orioles currently have Donnie Hart, T.J. McFarland, and Jayson Aquino as the left-handed specialists on their 40-man roster. Hart, 26, pitched very well last season in the Majors, pitching to a 0.49 ERA in 22 games. Aquino, 24, had a small sample size in the Majors in 2016, but he didn’t allow a run in three games pitched. Both players will be a part of the Orioles future in the bullpen.
Logan would add another arm to the fold and he has pitched in the AL East before, pitching for the New York Yankees from 2010-2013. The lefty had his best seasons in New York, pitching to a 3.38 ERA as a Yankee. He’d be a welcome addition over McFarland, who had a 6.93 ERA in 16 games last season.