Phillies former outfielder now looking enters free agency for the first time in his young career
Ben Revere was a big acquisition for the Phillies in the winter of 2012, and was expected to be the lead-off batter of the future. Sending Vance Worley and Trevor May to Minnesota, Philadelphia believed they could have a consistent .300 hitter with elite speed and defense in center field. Nearly a clone in their eyes to Shane Victorino.
Nearly four years since the trade, Revere finds himself looking for a home. Washington opted not to tender the outfielder a contract, making the 28-year-old a free agent. This could also create an opportunity for Washington to trade for Andrew McCutchen.
During his three seasons in Philadelphia, Revere hit .303 and stole 95 bases in 335 games. A bundle of energy, Revere was widely considered a fan favorite by many thanks to his tremendous catches in center field.
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In 2014 Revere nearly drew MVP votes after hitting .306 with 49 stolen bases for a 73-win team. The following season the Phillies traded him to Toronto for prospects Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado.
After an excellent ALDS for Toronto that season, Revere’s bat cooled down in the ALCS, and he was subsequently traded back into the NL East. During his lone season with the Nationals, Revere struggled with injuries and getting on base, hitting just .217.
Someone will take a waiver on Revere this offseason should they lose out on Ian Desmond in free agency. Cleveland could see Revere as a financially reasonable option and bring him back into the American League playoff hunt.
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