Phillies avoid arbitration with 'lil Ben Revere

Hunter Martin

Ben Revere will be flip-flopping across home plate for at least one more year as a Phillie, assuming they score at least one run this season.

Like the playoffs, the Phillies have successfully avoided arbitration this season. Kyle Kendrick, Antonio Bastardo, and John Mayberry all got their money, and that left the team's center fielder, Ben Revere.

Fortunately, after seeming far apart on their initial negotiations (Revere, who made $515,000 in 2013, wanted $2.4 mil, Phils said $1.4 mil), Revere and the Phillies worked everything out, to the tune of a one-year, $1.95 million deal.

This must be good news to Revere, who just had his wisdom teeth pulled and has not been his usual spritely self.

Revere has some pretty standard incentives in there if he should be an All-Star or World Series MVP or some other ludicrous thing. Presumably the incentive is that he gets a human-sized hamster wheel to run in while in the dugout.

And so, with all the arbitration taken care of, we can sit back and simply wait for the slow-moving disaster that will be the 2014 Phillies.

**sits back in chair, whistles**

**sun sets, rises out window**

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