For a Philadelphia Phillies fan, it might appear to be blasphemy.
ESPN baseball insider Jayson Stark, a guest on a Philadelphia sports talk show, said there was been “some talk” about Ben Revere possibly being on the trading block this offseason. Revere, who recently shed his cast (broken foot) and is working out, was hitting .305 when he went down in July and was a good table-setter with speed at the top of the lineup.
On a team where too many players failed to reach base, Revere raised his average from .247 at the end of May to that .305 in July and was one of the best singles’ hitters in the NL. On the surface, the move would appear to make no sense but, after further review, the Phillies could be onto something.
The reasoning is simple the Phillies have too many of the same kind of players in the outfield. If Revere were to be moved to left and Roger Bernadina placed in center, the Phillies would have two singles hitters at what traditionally are power-hitting outfield positions. It would behoove the team to go out and get a power-hitting outfielder for one of the corners and Revere brings the most potential value in a possible trade.
Also, the Phillies are locked into contracts at three of the four infield positions as they have signed shortstop Jimmy Rollins, second baseman Chase Utley and first baseman Ryan Howard for at least two more seasons. The power numbers for those aging players are going down, not up.
The Phillies have to replace that pop elsewhere and one of the outfield spots is the most logical position to do it.