- The Washington Times - Friday, December 2, 2016

The Ben Revere Era is likely over in Washington.

The Nationals chose to non-tender Revere a contract, choosing not to go to arbitration with the center fielder who struggled to hit last season.

Washington did tender contracts to four other players who are arbitration eligible: Bryce Harper, Tanner Roark, Anthony Rendon and, notably, shortstop Danny Espinosa.

Revere hit just .217 last season after being acquired in an offseason trade for reliever Drew Storen. Revere had hit .294 or better for six consecutive seasons before arriving in Washington. He was never able to get going in the District after straining an oblique muscle in his first at-bat of the season. He struggled so much the Nationals decided to push rookie Trea Turner out to center field and atop the lineup to replace Revere, despite Turner being a middle infielder. Turner excelled. Revere became expendable.

Espinosa’s name had come up several times in recent days during trade rumors about Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen. The Nationals have been linked to the former MVP by multiple reports. The non-tender deadline was Friday at 8 p.m. If the Nationals were able to trade for McCutchen and plug him into center field, that would likely move Turner back to shortstop, making Espinosa’s future with the club doubtful unless he was willing to be an utility player. Espinosa has long voiced his preference to play every day, and to play shortstop, where he is one of the league’s best defenders. Those dominoes have not fallen yet.

Tendering contacts to Harper, Roark and Rendon were obvious decisions. Each will receive a raise in arbitration.




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