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Revere looks to provide energy to Phils' outfield

Revere looks to provide energy to Phils' outfield

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Revere looks to provide energy to Phils' outfield
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies lost a high-energy, charismatic center fielder in July when they traded Shane Victorino to the Dodgers.

They introduced his replacement on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park.

"Playing for a team like this, it's pretty hot," Ben Revere said. "It's pretty hot."

Revere, 24, also has a reputation as a high-energy, charismatic player. But the Phils hope he is much more than that. They need Revere to get on base, score a bunch of runs and catch a lot of baseballs, too.

"They have a bunch of power hitters there," Revere said. "All you have to do is get on base and they'll hit you in. I'll do the best I can."

The Phillies aren't nearly as deep in the power department as Revere believes. In fact, they have been searching for a power bat since the beginning of the offseason. One potential candidate vanished on Thursday, when Josh Hamilton agreed to a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels.

Of course, the Phils never seriously pursued Hamilton and were never close to signing him, but one fewer option is one fewer option.

Who could Philadelphia try to get to join Revere in the outfield?

Cody Ross, Nick Swisher and Scott Hairston are free agents. It is believed the Phillies will take a run at Ross, whom they have liked in the past. They also have liked Hairston. Swisher does not seem to be terribly high on the Phils' wish list, although that could change, based on time and circumstance.

There also are players available in trades like Alfonso Soriano and Michael Cuddyer. The Angels have a glut of outfielders, but the Phillies might not have much to trade after dealing Vance Worley, Josh Lindblom, Trevor May and Lisalverto Bonilla to acquire Revere and Michael Young in the past week.

So Philadelphia's outfield next season could be Revere and some combination of Domonic Brown, John Mayberry Jr., Darin Ruf and Laynce Nix.

The Phillies like Revere's potential. He hit .294 last season for the Twins, with 13 doubles, six triples, 32 RBIs, 40 stolen bases, 70 runs scored, a .333 on-base percentage and .342 slugging percentage. Revere has never homered in 1,064 big league plate appearances -- he hit five in 1,755 plate appearances in the Minor Leagues -- but the Phils don't need him to hit for power.

"When I hit pop flies in Minnesota, they got mad at me," Revere said. "That will be the same way over here. My mom got mad at me if I hit pop flies. I got to hit ground balls and line drives.

"People always ask about the first Major League home run. The ball carries well, so hopefully it will be here. There have been a couple times when the wind is blowing in and the outfielder caught it on the warning track right next to the fence. I always hit it to the deepest part of the park. Hopefully here, I'll get that big old gust of wind and push it five feet, and I'll be doing cartwheels on the bases."

A big reason the Phillies paid a hefty price for Revere -- the Twins got Worley and May in the deal -- is because they believe he can help them defensively.

The guy can fly in the outfield.

"Those guys look at me and say, 'Catch the balls out there and help me win another Cy Young,'" said Revere, referring to starters Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. "Defense wins championships. I know they want to get back to that. I believe that I'll do the best I can to catch it for those guys, so we can be best friends even more and become even closer."

Get on base, catch the ball, score some runs. That's what they want from Revere.

"I know the Phillies and all the money they have, they can go out and get anybody," Revere said. "But they wanted me to play center field. I was kind of shocked, but kind of motivated and honored."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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