Fantasy owners may consider Ben Revere to be a one-category player, but he was a top 30 outfielder in both Rotisserie and points formats. He hit over .300 for the third consecutive season, and set career highs in RBI (45), runs (84) and doubles (22). Revere's steals were down from 49 in 2014 to 31 in 2015, and much of the decline came after he was traded by the Phillies to the Blue Jays. He made only nine attempts in 56 games with Toronto, getting seven steals as a Blue Jay. Whether or not Revere can resurrect his steals total with the Nationals remains to be seen, and the risk that he won't drops him just outside the top 40 outfielders.
Revere signed a one-year, $6.25 million deal with the Nationals on Friday, avoiding arbitration, the Washington Post's James Wagner reports. He should occupy the strong side of a platoon in center field with Michael Taylor, and could hit leadoff for the Nationals to start the season, which would be a boon for his fantasy owners. Revere has averaged just over 35 steals per season over the past five years, and he has also hit over .300 in each of the past three seasons, so even if he is not playing every day, there should be plenty of roto value to be had.
The Blue Jays traded Revere to the Nationals on Friday in exchange for Drew Storen, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Revere posted a career-best .735 OPS in his 56-game stint with the Blue Jays last season, but the club was willing to part with him in exchange for an established closer. Revere played primarily left field last season, but with that spot occupied by Jayson Werth in Washington, he will likely move over to center field. Revere will no longer be leading off for the team that scored by far the most runs in the majors in 2015, but he figures to still hit atop batting order for a talented Nationals lineup that features last season's NL MVP, Bryce Harper.
Blue Jays outfielder Ben Revere went 2 for 4 with a double, two RBI and a run against the Braves on Wednesday. Revere's become an indispensable force at the top of the Toronto lineup, as he's now racked up a .329 average and .372 OBP since being dealt north of the border. He also has 31 runs in 41 games. He's got to be a fixture in most Fantasy lineups, unless you're chasing homers down the stretch.
John Gibbons has changed his tune after declaring after the Blue Jays traded for outfielder Ben Revere that he would platoon against right-handers. General manager Alex Anthopoulos has stated that Gibbons wants to play Revere every day, per the Toronto Star. Revere was an every-day player for a Philadelphia team that was albeit nowhere close to Toronto offensively. He has batted .237 (22-for-94) against left-handers this season.
John Gibbons has revealed that Blue Jays newcomer Ben Revere won't be an everyday player, nor will he bat leadoff, as he did with Philadelphia. He will platoon against right-handers and likely hit ninth. Revere arrives with a slash line of .298/.334/.374. But Troy Tulowitzki has taken over the leadoff spot and Revere is batting just .250 (19-for-76) against lefties this season.