Report: Phillies Trade Ben Revere to Blue Jays
According to MLB.com Phillies beat guy Todd Zolecki, the Phillies have traded centerfielder Ben Revere to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Phillies’ return has not yet been reported.
Revere came to the Phillies as part of a trade with the Minnesota Twins in the 2013 offseason. The Phillies sent Vance Worley (who was just designated for assignment by the Pirates) and Trevor May to the Twins to get Revere.
Revere played just 88 games in his first season with the Phillies, due to injuries, including a fractured food midway through the year that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. He hit .306 in his second season with the Phillies and stole 49 bases; he also hit his first major league home run last season.
Revere had been enjoying his finest season with the team in 2015; he’s hitting .298, but has just two fewer extra base hits than he had all of last year and is getting on base a little more. In his three-year, 335-game career with the Phils, Revere hit .303 with 95 stolen bases and three homers.
CSN’s Jim Salisbury first had the news of Toronto’s interest (he’s on quite a roll, having been out in front of the Hamels trade to Texas as well).
The Hamels deal included reliever Jake Diekman, and Jonathan Papelbon was traded to the Washington Nationals earlier this week, making Revere the fourth member of the 25-man roster to depart ahead of the trade deadline.
Revere is actually second on the Phillies in the Wins Above Replacement stat. (Hamels is first.) Aaron Harang, who started for the Phillies last night, is third. Maikel Franco leads the team in offensive WAR (oWAR, which does not include defensive value) at 2.2.
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