Phillies Trade Ben Revere to Toronto for Tirado and Cordero

Ben Revere has been much maligned over his time in Philadelphia, from his lack of power to his questionable route running.  But overall he gave the Phillies good value in center field (and later left field) for two pitchers that have been really up and down over the years.  The Phillies have been motivated to move him because he isn’t cheap, he isn’t part of the next core, and he is taking up a roster spot.  They managed to cash him in to the Blue Jays for a pair of electric bullpen arms.

Alberto Tirado:  Tirado has seen his stock repound this year after some difficulty in 2014 in the rotation.  The Blue Jays put him in the hi-A bullpen and he was dominant up until a rough July.  Out of the bullpen he sits in the mid 90s and has been clocked up to 98-100 at times.  He pairs the fastball with a slider that shows plus potential and changeup that flashed average out of the rotation.  The Phillies likely keep him in the bullpen, but that shouldn’t be a knock because he could be an impact arm in the back of the bullpen.

Jimmy Cordero: Cordero throws really hard.  He has been clocked as high as 103 and routinely touches 100.  He does lack in control and offspeed pitches so he will need to visit the Ray “Slider Whisperer” Burris at some point.  He is already 23, but was signed as a 20 year old.  He showed better control in hi-A then AA, but he has not been destroyed in AA despite walking 5.1 per 9.  He will join a pretty good bullpen that was just augmented with Edubray Ramos.

Author: Matt Winkelman

Matt Winkelman

Matt is originally from Mt. Holly, NJ, but after a 4 year side track to Cleveland for college he now resides in Madison, WI. His work has appeared on Phuture Phillies, The Good Phight, and TheDynastyGuru.


  1. jcull

    Pretty happy with this return. If you throw enough mud at the wall, eventually some of it will stick. Getting these types of arms in the system is important, even if they’re likely bullpen arms.

  2. That's Amazing

    Matt, you tweeted that you’d rather have these two than Trevor May and Vance Worley — yesterday the Pirates DFA’ed Worley (who has been league-average, and whose FIP matches his ERA), so it looks like the Phils could grab him to eat some innings.

  3. Romus

    I am wondering if the Phillies will try Tirado to a starting opportunity next season.

  4. Jack

    Out of Biddle, Asher, Eickhoff, and the AA pitchers like Pivetta, Thompson, Lively, Eflin, who would you say most likely will get called up this year? Also do you think Asher, Pivetta and Eickhoff can be backend starters? Possible workhorses? I know Thompson’s potential, but what are your thoughts on them?

  5. Philly SF

    @matt when is your revised top 30 coming out

  6. phillysf

    @Matt ,Nice !

  7. Big Donger

    So what’s your fave deal – paprlbon, Hamels or revere?

  8. Romus

    Matt….concerning the Matt Harrison acquisition in the Hamels’ deal and Harrison’s contract, with his serious back issues and he is forced to retire next season, do you know what kind of insurance policy do the Phillies have on his contract to recoup a percentage of the pitcher’s remaining salary?
    I assumed an insurance clause must be attached to a contract when a player is unable to complete it and retire due to disability..

    • Matt Winkelman

      If Harrison retires he forfeits all remaining salary. If he stays active the insurance should pay the Phillies 75% of his salary while he is on the disabled list. At least that is what the reports have lead me to believe

      • Romus

        Ok thanks Matt…now understand the Rangers had the standard insurance policy covering a larger portion of the contract. And had assumed the Phillies would get those insurance clauses in the transfer.
        However, if he has to retire due to disability/injury line of duty, his contract is honored and the insurance kicks in for the team who assumed his contract, in this case the Phillies. I just do not know what percent on the dollar the team gets coverage for.

        • Romus

          I guess one question is…..if he cannot pitch again, he just stays on the extended DL until his contract is completed, then he officially retires.