2016 Outlook: It's rare that leaving a team that led the league in runs scored the previous season benefits a leadoff hitter, but that's exactly the case for Revere. Most of the Blue Jays' lineup is in scoring position when they step in the batter's box, mitigating the need for Revere to run. Now back in the Senior Circuit as a member of the Nationals, the veteran speedster will be asked to replace the spark Denard Span gave them at the top of the order. Revere sports one of the best contact rates in the league, taking full advantage of his speed by hitting mostly groundballs and line drives. The Nationals let Span run, so there's no doubt Revere will have the green light more often than not. If the meat of the order can stay healthy, Revere has a chance to set a career high in runs for the second straight year.
2016 Outlook: We only got eight days into the new year before Dusty Baker's penchant for veterans over youngsters played out in Washington's centerfield, as the team traded for Ben Revere, effectively sending Taylor to the bench as a fourth outfielder. In fairness to Baker, it's not like Taylor is a proven commodity, and this is a competing team, so they can't exactly to play someone with a career .640 OPS in centerfield every day. The fantasy community might've taken the news even harder than Taylor, because in spite of that meager OPS, our eyes are drawn to the 14 HR and 16 SB he put up in 511 plate appearances. He was one of just 16 players to reach or exceed both of those thresholds. Of course his OPS was 102 points lower than anyone else's, too. It's a raw but exciting profile. The playing time blockage relegates him to a reserve play for now.