Phillies Add Two More Arms in Deal for Revere

General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was in the middle of a good-bye press conference with Cole Hamels when he glanced at his phone. Turns out it was the Toronto Blue Jays calling, with an offer for outfielder Ben Revere. The deal brings two more young arms to the Phillies organization in exchange for the veteran outfielder.

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com was the first to report that the Phillies dealt speedy outfielder Ben Revere to the Toronto Blue Jays. In exchange, the Phillies receive pitchers Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado. Cordero is 23 and has split the season between High-A and Double-A this season, while Tirado, 20, has been pitching at High-A in his first season as a reliever.

Revere had been mentioned in various trade rumors, but Toronto was somewhat of a late entrant into the rumor mill. The Blue Jays have been active this week, acquiring Troy Tulowitzki and David Price in separate deals. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com was the first to report that the Jays had an interest in Revere. Earlier in the day, the Baltimore Orioles were mentioned as suitors, but they acquired Gerardo Parra instead of getting Revere from the Phillies.

Revere, 27, was hitting .298 with 24 stolen bases for the Phillies this season. He's got a career .292 average over six major league seasons in Minnesota and Philadelphia, with 169 stolen bases.

Cordero is in his fourth minor league season and has pitched in 80 minor league games, 75 as a reliever, posting a career ERA of 3.78. The Blue Jays promoted Cordero to Double-A New Hampshire in late May and he's posted a 2.92 ERA with the Fisher Cats, converting one of two save opportunities. He recorded the first save of his career earlier this season at High-A Dunedin.

Tirado is in his first season as a reliever and is also pitching at High-A Dunedin for the first time this season. In his first two seasons, Tirado had success as a starter, but the Blue Jays started using him in relief last season and have used him exclusively as a reliever this season with Dunedin. In 31 appearances, Tirado is 4-3, 3.23 with three saves in four save opportunities for Dunedin. In his minor league career, Tirado is 12-7 with a 3.63 ERA.

Both pitchers are right-handers out of the Dominican Republic and both are in their fourth minor league season.


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