Phillies Could Make Ben Revere Available in Trade
While the Phillies have yet to finalize their 25-man Opening Day roster, they will announce the full roster tomorrow prior to the 3:00pm deadline, one guy who could be available for a team looking for an outfielder is Ben Revere.
According to FOXSports.com's MLB insider Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies are taking offers on Revere, who the Phillies are moving to left field due to the emergence of Rule 5 pick Odubel Herrera, who will start the season in centerfield.
Revere collected a league-leading 184 hits, hitting .306 over 151 games last season while finishing fourth in the majors with 49 stolen bases. It was reported that there was some trade interest in him early in the offseason, but at this time there doesn't seem to be any takers.
Revere is making just $4.1 million, and is arbitration eligible the next two seasons.
The Phillies have major issues in their outfield, a position that teams typically look to supply some power. Between Herrera and Revere, they combined for four total home runs last year - making Revere, 27, a candidate to be moved.
An opening day outfield of Herrera, Revere and Grady Sizemore shows the kind of issues the Phillies have as an organization.
"Somebody has to play," ESPN.com senior baseball writer Jayson Stark explained on the Sports Bash when asked about the Phillies outfield issues. " Part of this is a failure of the farm system particularly in the outfield the idea that they didn't have anybody the they could plug in out of their system to man a single outfield spot is it's incredible."
Sizemore is a whole different story, the veteran was at one time one of the top players in the game, but injuries have cut his career short.
The Phillies re-signed Sizemore, 32, to a one-year, $2 million contract this offseason after he batted .253 with three home runs and 12 RBI over 176 plate appearances after joining the team around midseason.
But so far during spring training, Sizemore resembles the broken down guy the the former rising star.
"When I watch Grady Sizemore this spring and talk to scouts about him, they all shake is head and say we like the guy, but he is done," Stark stated. "The only reason I could say he is still on the team is that he had guaranteed money there's no other explanation for it because he certainly didn't play his way on the team he was outperformed by that like that whole group guys that they signed minor league deals."
(Listen to ESPN.com Sr. baseball writer Jayson Stark preview the 2015 Phillies season)