Amaro addresses Revere, trade deadline

Amaro addresses Revere, trade deadline

July 14, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Ruben Amaro's Phillies were 47-48 heading into Sunday. The trade deadline is July 31. (AP)

Phillies centerfielder Ben Revere fractured a bone between his foot and his ankle during the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. Revere was placed on the 15-day disabled list and is expected to see a specialist at The Rothman Institute on Monday.

Before Sunday’s game against the White Sox, Phillies' general manager Ruben Amaro said Revere’s “prognosis doesn’t sound too good.”

“How long it’s going to be?” Amaro continued. “I think it’s something that’s going to take a while. If that’s the case, we’ll probably be looking for a centerfielder if there’s one that’s available. I don’t know if there’s one available or one that will be an upgrade from what we have right now with John [Mayberry] being out there.”

Since May 1, Revere posted a .347 batting average, sixth-best in baseball. He had 15 multi-hit outings in his last 28 starts, hitting .378 over that span. After a slow start (he hit just .200 in April) Revere raised his season average to .305. Revere finally looked like the hitter the Phillies believed he’d be when they acquired him from the Twins, and he had solidified the leadoff spot in the order.

“A lot of it will depend on what happens [Monday] and what the specialist tells us,” Amaro said about how Revere’s injury might affect his thinking as the trade deadline approaches. “If it’s going to be a long term thing, we’ll look to try to upgrade that position.”

Amaro said the Phillies are “looking for two areas pretty specifically” – bullpen and center field. How Amaro might add those pieces is difficult to figure, however. When asked whether he can afford to part with young prospects when the current core of the Major League team is well into its 30s, Amaro said, “Probably not.” Then he hedged by adding, “There are some young players we might be able to move. We can’t afford to move all of them.”

Amaro also said it would be difficult to unload current major leaguers in order to bring in new talent.

“Hard to add and subtract at the same time,” Amaro admitted.

The Phillies entered Sunday afternoon 7½ games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East. If Amaro wants to add players, but said it will be difficult to part with prospects and/or current big leaguers, how does he plan to bolster the roster?

“How do I do it?” Amaro asked rhetorically. “I don’t know. We’ll find out. I’m the GM. I’m supposed to be able to do this stuff I guess.”

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