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Philadelphia Phillies Avoid Arbitration with Ben Revere, Sign Bobby Abreu, Renew Kyle Kendrick

January 25th, 2014 at 4:06 PM
By Ryan Beagle

This past week was a rather active one for the Philadelphia Phillies. Last weekend, the team signed starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick to a lucrative $7.6 million, one-year deal. Early last week, they decided to offer a minor league deal to Phillie Bobby Abreu, who is now 39 years old. And finally, on Friday, the team avoided arbitration with center fielder Ben Revere by signing him to a one-year, $1.95 million deal.

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Revere, who started extremely slow in 2013, picked his game up in May and June before going down for the season with a foot injury in July. Revere led the Phillies offense for a number of weeks, and provided a spark to the top of the lineup. He was eligible for arbitration heading into 2014, but was able to come to terms with the Phillies, and will remain the team's starting center fielder for the upcoming season. 

The Abreu signing was rather surprising to some, as General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. continues to stack his roster with aging players. Abreu's deal is currently just a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training, but Abreu will make $800,000 if he does make the team. Abreu did not play in 2013, and split his time in 2012 between the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers. He played with the Phillies from 1998 to 2006, and was eventually traded away.

And last weekend, Kyle Kendrick was offered a surprisingly high $7.6 million offer for another year with the Phillies, which he accepted. Kendrick was solid for much of last season, but did run into some trouble at the end of the year, putting up sub-par numbers in August and September. However, for some early parts of the season, Kendrick was the best starting pitcher on the Phillies' staff. He will be an important part of the rotation moving forward in part due to the void left by Roy Halladay's retirement.

 

Tags: Baseball, Ben Revere, Bobby Abreu, Jr., Kyle Kendrick, MLB, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Phillies, Ruben Amaro

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