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.