CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports Ben Revere could be one of the many Phillies who could be dealt by the July 31st trading deadline. Despite an obvious lack of power and no throwing arm, Revere could still interest some contending teams who need speed in the outfield. Heyman lists the Giants as a team that would possibly be interested in dealing for Revere if they determine Angel Pagan is not going to recover from his back injury in a reasonable time period.
This would be a great move to get literally anything for Revere. He seems like a genuinely nice guy who provides speed on the bases but he isn't a good leadoff hitter as evident by his 10 walks in 83 games this season. Revere's arm is shockingly weak for a Major League player which makes him somewhat of a liability in centerfield.
There is no obvious choice on the roster to replace Revere should he get traded aside from a platoon of Tony Gwynn Jr. and Cesar Hernandez which might make it a little difficult for Amaro to pull the trigger. I think we all know what Ben Revere is at this point and he is a marginal outfielder with plus speed and negative power and arm. He is good for a team that just needs a filler but he isn't the table-setter the Phillies thought they were getting.
If the Phillies plan on contending in the future, it is likely without Revere in centerfield. And that pains me to say because I liked the trade to acquire Revere and I like him as a guy because he seems like a good teammate. I'm rooting for him to succeed but I think I'm finally starting to read the writing on the wall that he cannot be the long-term solution in centerfield.
Revere, 25, is batting .295/.316/.354 with one home run, 12 RBIs and 26 stolen bases this season for the Phillies. In parts of two seasons in Philadelphia, Revere is batting .300/.327/.353 with one home run and 29 RBIs with 48 stolen bases and just 26 walks in 172 games.
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