The Philadelphia Phillies have made two deals out of four with players who were facing arbitration. They are still trying to settle with Antonio Bastardo and Ben Revere. The deadline before a case will settle the issue is about a month away. Will they have to go down that line?
Revere is asking for a little less than $2.5 million for 2014; the Phillies offered just under $1.5 million. In my opinion, I think the team could have offered a little bit more considering the way Revere was playing before, he got injured last season. They may not want to offer him much because of that injury and are hesitant if he will come back 100 percent. Revere has been working out as much as he can, as he does not want to let the organization or his teammates down.
Revere got injured right before the All-Star break in mid-July. His average was .305, which was a sufficient jump from April when it was just .200. He had 81 RBI — 45 of those were extra base hits. Revere hasn’t hit a homerun yet, but if he plays for a full season and is able to continue to knock in runs, that will not matter.
Revere also has speed. He is able to track down and make near impossible catches in center field. At 25 years old, he has a lot going for him.
Revere only got to play half of the season in 2013; imagine what he can do in a full 162 season. Hopefully the Phillies and Revere can meet in the middle of the two numbers and will not have to go to a hearing. Revere is a good player, and he deserves a little more.