WASHINGTON — Ben Revere doesn’t care where he plays in the outfield or where he hits in the lineup for the Washington Nationals.
Revere said on a conference call with reporters on Monday that he is working on his arm strength and hopes to help Bryce Harper win another NL MVP award.
The Nationals acquired Revere from the Toronto Blue Jays for reliever Drew Storen in a trade Friday. Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said Revere’s role "remains to be seen."
The Nationals already have Harper in right field, Jayson Werth in left, and Michael A. Taylor in centre. The left-handed-hitting Revere played left field in Toronto but has played centre field in the past.
Revere is a .295 hitter with very little power and an arm that Rizzo acknowledged was weak.
"I don’t have an arm like Bryce Harper or some of those guys," said Revere, whose goal is to improve enough to win a Gold Glove. "My arm’s getting stronger. I’m a lot stronger every year."
At the plate, Revere is a self-described "line-drive hitter" with just four home runs in almost 2,500 major league at-bats. Getting on and stealing bases is where he thinks he can help Washington, which has Harper, Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman in the lineup.
"All I’ve got to do is get in scoring position," Revere said. "Whatever I’ve got to do to help those guys out, get their RBIs and stats up, that’s all I’m going to do."