For a while late Wednesday afternoon, everything got eerily quiet on the Cole Hamels front. After reports coming around throughout the day that the Rangers were creeping closer to a deal, everything stopped. Then, just as the Blue Jays were putting the finishing touches on a butt-whooping that they gave to the Phillies in Toronto, the tornado hit. News starting going fast and furious about the two teams putting the finishing touches on the deal. Continue reading Hamels to Texas becomes official→
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.
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Some players simply take longer to develop than others. One of those players who has made a slower than hoped for climb through the system is outfielder Aaron Altherr. The good news is that 2015 has been a breakout season for Altherr, who is putting up nice numbers with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Continue reading Altherr’s stock continues to rise→