Revere focused on helping Phillies, not trades
PHILADELPHIA -- As he came, so too he may go.
Outfielder Ben Revere came to the Phillies in December 2012 via a trade that sent Trevor May and Vance Worley to Minnesota. Now in his third season with the Phillies and less than 24 hours away from the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Revere is speculated to be the last piece the Phillies are shopping.
With former closer Jonathan Papelbon already in Washington after Tuesday's trade and the deal to send ace Cole Hamels to Texas all but complete, Revere is the remaining talent most likely to be dealt before Friday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. When asked if he is prepared to be traded if a transaction is to occur, Revere said that he has to remember baseball is a business, as hard as it may be to think of it that way.
"Anything can happen in baseball," Revere said. "Someone could go down. They're like, 'Okay, we need a guy.' Choose me or choose him. Anything can happen. One phone call or one trade could happen. But really I'm not thinking about it."
A reliable contact hitter and a fleet-footed threat on the basepaths, Revere is batting .298 this season with 24 stolen bases and is on pace to score about 80 runs, which would be a career high. Over his five full MLB seasons, Revere has twice batted .300 or better and twice stolen more than 30 bases. He did both in 2014.
Pragmatic about the chances of being traded, Revere said he is not scared despite the fact that his fate isn't in his own hands. He emphasized that as of right now, he is a member of the Phillies and that his sole focus has to be on doing what he can to help the Phillies thrive as long as that is true. That being said, the prospect of being traded to a contender is an interest proposition for Revere.
"I've known guys who have been with a team that was struggling who got traded to a team that won the World Series," he said. "You never know what will happen in the game of baseball, a 180 just like that."