Revs add former Braves OF Jose Constanza
The Revolution have added a Major League piece and a left-handed bat to their offense as they near the end of their mid-season rebuild, and try to contend in a jumbled Freedom Division second half race.
Outfielder Jose Constanza has been added, who will likely bat leadoff. A veteran of 112 Major League games with the Atlanta Braves over four seasons (2011-2014), Constanza batted a very solid .273 in the big leagues, including a .303 showing in 42 games in his MLB debut in 2011. Constanza began this season in the Cincinnati Reds organization, playing in 41 games at Triple-A Louisville.
Constanza, 31, was originally signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur out of his native Dominican Republic in 2005. He signed as a minor league free agent with the Braves after his original six-year contract with the Indians expired, where he reached Triple-A Columbus in 2010 and hit .319 in 113 games. Constanza is a career .300 hitter in 522 career Triple-A games, predominately with Atlanta’s affiliate in Gwinnett, GA during the four years he spent back and forth from the Majors. He should add quite a bit to the York running game, with a career total of 316 stolen bases upon joining the Revs (MLB and minors combined), in his 11th professional season.
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To make room for Constanza on the roster, York released infielder Alfredo Patino on July 25. In six games played for the Revs, Patino went 5-for-18 with one RBI.