Ben Revere Avoids Arbitration
The Phillies announced this afternoon that they have avoided arbitration with center fielder Ben Revere, with the two sides agreeing to what is believed to be a $4.5 million contract for 2015.
This agreement means a more than doubling of his salary for the 26-year old who made $1.95 for a 2014 season that has to be considered disappointing.
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Revere did hit for a career-high .306 batting average, following up on a .305 average during his first season in Philly back in 2013.
However, much of his average can be attributed to beating out infield hits with his speed, and to slap-type singles.
In 962 plate appearances in a Phillies uniform, Revere has just 2 homers and 22 doubles. He also has 71 steals in 88 attempts.
Defensively, Revere has proven himself to be less-than-adequate to this point. While his speed allows him to cover a lot of ground, he often makes bad reads on balls. His arm cannot even be considered as weak. It is horrendous.
Still, the Phillies appear committed to Ben Revere as their center fielder at least for the 2015 season. He is going to need to show more if he wants to extend his run as a starter much further.