Phils sign Revere to a one-year deal

Ben Revere
Ben Revere
Posted: January 26, 2014

The Phillies and Ben Revere agreed on a one-year, $1.95 million contract Friday to avoid arbitration. He was the team's final unsigned arbitration-eligible player.

Revere, 25, will play center field for the Phillies in 2014 after an injury-shortened 2013 season. He hit .305 with a .691 OPS, which was impressive, given a horrific April that relegated him to the bench for almost a week. The Phillies want to see improvement in Revere's defense, which was heralded upon his arrival, but shaky in reality.

The team's payroll is approximately $155 million when calculated for luxury tax purposes. That accounts for the 17 players under guaranteed contracts; the rest of the roster could be filled with players making near the league minimum of $500,000.

When payments for player benefits, performance bonuses and 40-man roster costs are included, the payroll figure swells to some $173 million, which would make it one of the top totals in baseball. These are merely estimates because final payroll is not determined until the end of the season.

- Matt Gelb

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