Age on Opening Day 2016: 27
How acquired: Trade with Blue Jays, Jan. 2016
2016 salary: $6.25 million
2015 stats: 152 G, 634 PA, 84 R, 181 H, 22 2B, 7 3B, 2 HR, 45 RBI, 31 SB, 32 BB, 64 SO, .306 BA, .342 OBP, .377 SLG, .719 OPS, 98 OPS+, 0 E, 2.6 WAR
2016 storyline: One of the Nationals' biggest additions this offseason, Ben Revere enters 2016 as their starting center fielder and leadoff hitter. It's a role he has played quite well over the years, but he has big shoes to fill with the departure of Denard Span this winter.
Revere is a great fit for the Nats, who would love to see him continue hitting over .300 and steal over 30 bases per season. Revere has been one of MLB's best leadoff hitters in recent years and the potential of him at the top of an order anchored by Bryce Harper is intriguing.
The Nationals saw in 2014 what an elite leadoff hitter can do to their lineup, when Span and Anthony Rendon combined to score 205 runs as a potent 1-2 punch atop their order. And that was all before Harper turned into the best player in the league. If Revere and Rendon can produce something similar to that ahead of the new Harper, watch out.
Best-case scenario: A best-case scenario for Revere may simply be him staying healthy and being the guy he has been for the last two years. Through 2014 and 2015 he averaged 152 games played, 78 runs, seven triples, 40 steals, a .306 BA and a .333 OBP. If he puts up those numbers for the Nationals, their lineup could be dangerous no matter what order the guys hit behind him.
If he does improve at anything, perhaps his OBP could be a few ticks higher, if he could get better at drawing walks. That would allow him to be even more effective as a leadoff hitter.
Worst-case scenario: Revere has been a rock for the past few years, but his value is highly dependent on two stats: his batting average and his steals. If, say, his batting average dropped 20-30 points, that could spell trouble.
A Revere hitting .280 doesn't sound nearly as good as one who hits over .300. Then his other deficiencies may become more of a concern. He doesn't draw a ton of walks or get a lot of doubles, so he needs to pile up singles like he has for the majority of his career.
Most-likely scenario: Revere is most likely to slide in to the leadoff spot and be exactly the guy the Nationals believe they traded for. He'll probably hit around or above .300, steal 30 or so bases and cover a lot of ground in the outfield with a below average arm tossing to the cutoff man. That's who he's been for years and it's tough to predict that changing for the 27-year-old.
Baseball Reference projects Revere to hit .300/.334/.378 with 71 runs and 31 steals. The run total could easily go higher than that, depending on the health of the Nats' lineup, but that sounds about right.