The LA Angels need to re-sign Ben Revere and Yusmeiro Petit
The LA Angels had some pleasant surprises last season and two of the biggest were outfielder Ben Revere and reliever Yusmeiro Petit. Both were well worth the investment of 6.25 million between them. Both are now free agents.
The LA Angels and general manger Billy Eppler seem to have good luck in picking up players that no one else wants and watch them blossom or have a rebirth in their career. Last year the Angels had a number of these players including Blake Parker, Bud Norris, Ben Revere, and Yusmeiro Petit.
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With Parker under club control and Norris being on the back side of 30 and being an injury risk I want to focus on Revere and Petit.
Petit is the que essential utility pitcher as he can start or be a reliever. Petit handled the 6th, 7th, 8th, and even a few 9th inning save opportunities. Petit was well worth the 2.25 million he was paid as he put together a solid season with a 2.76 ERA in 91.1 innings of work giving up only 69 hits and walking 18 walks. Petit had 101 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.953. He went multiple innings numerous times and was very effective almost every time he was called upon and he is still only 33 years old so he has at least two to three good years still left.
If he would take a two-year contract around eight to 10 million dollars that would be a steal for the Angels. Eppler has expressed interest in re-signing Petit, but nothing has come to fruition yet.
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As for Ben Revere he may not be as much on the Angels radar as Petit, but he should be. The Angels took care of left field for the next five years when they re-signed Justin Upton, however, a good fourth outfielder with some speed and who fared well as a pinch-hitter too. After a poor start Revere had a stellar second half hitting .336 with a .476 OBP after the all-star break. He drove in 12 runs and stole 12 stolen bases during that time. Revere was also a bargain as he was signed to a one-year deal at four million dollars which again was a steal.
Revere is good in the clubhouse and is able to play both center and left field. A one to two year deals for about five million per year could land Revere in Anaheim.
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There are many plays out there to chose from, hopefully the Angels will pick the right ones. For my opinion I think the Angels should strongly consider these two players. Let’s see how it plays out.