“I had success with (my curveball) in certain games,” he said. “It started coming along there toward the end. But it’s definitely something that has a lot of work still to go. It’s definitely something I’m working on. It’s getting better, which is all I can ask for.”
There is two spots currently open in the rotation behind Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Aaron Harang. Buchanan, Jerome Williams and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez are considered the leading candidates for the openings in the rotation.
“There’s going to be some competition,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week. “I think that’s the only way that you can get better is by creating competition. I can’t sit here and tell you today that David Buchanan’s going to be one of our guys in the rotation, but he absolutely is going to get an opportunity to pitch in spring training and be ready and compete for one of those spots.”
The 34-year-old Papelbon is owed $13 million next season, and has a vesting option for 2016 if he finishes 48 games in 2015. If that option vests, Papelbon would earn $13 million in 2016. Papelbon also has 17 teams on his no-trade list, and it's unclear whether the Brewers are one of those teams. Papelbon posted a 2.04 ERA over 66 1/3 innings last year.
The Brewers recently freed up cash by dealing pitcher Yovani Gallardo, causing some to believe another move was coming. The club did lose Francisco Rodriguez following a resurgent season, and hasn't done much to replace him this offseason. Jonathan Broxton was expected to step in as the team's closer, but he's missed significant time in two of the past four seasons.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. did not confirm interest in Billingsley, but said the team is looking for pitching.
“We have interest in adding more pitching depth,” Amaro said. “We’re looking for low-cost, low-risk, potentially high-reward type of guys.”
Billingsley has made just two starts the last two seasons in the majors due to elbow issues.
"The more the season went on it just got worse and worse and worse," Revere said.
He also received much scarier news from doctors after the season was over.
"The doctors told me after the surgery that the screws were going into my nerves and that is what was causing all the pain," Revere said. "They told me I was lucky I didn't get any nerve damage or anything. It's fully healed now. I can do everything. I can do power lifting. I couldn't even squat last year. I'm squatting 400 pounds now. Last year, my hamstring [shut] down, my quads were weak. Now, I'm getting all my strength back."
New Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he thinks Revere needs to work on his extra-base hitting heading into the 2015 season.
"He hasn't found his full stride on what he can do on a baseball field," Sandberg said. "He's a strong kid, but he hits all singles. For me, that doesn't add up. I see him as a potential 30 to 40 doubles type of a hitter mainly because he makes so much contact and he is strong. He has the ability to pop the ball to the gaps and down the lines. He does use the whole field when he hits and he's a base stealer, so for me that shows the potential to translate into a doubles hitter."
Revere hit .306 in 2014 with 28 RBI and 71 runs scored in 601 at-bats.
"I think Cole Hamels is going to be in our uniform, frankly," Amaro said. "I don’t really foresee him being moved. It is possible because we’re literally keeping our minds and eyes and ears open on every player that we have on our roster."
Hamels went 9-9 in 2014, posting a 2.46 ERA with 198 strikeouts in 204 2/3 innings.
"In fact, the ownership group I think would rather keep him than not," Amaro continued. "But we have to be good listeners and I think we owe it to the franchise and the organization to listen on possible opportunities, and there have been some clubs that have been aggressive. Not aggressive enough, obviously, because we haven’t done anything."
|2014 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Ben Revere , CF||.306|
|HR||Marlon Byrd , RF||25|
|RBI||Ryan Howard , 1B||95|
|OBP||Chase Utley , 2B||.339|
|SLG||Marlon Byrd , RF||.445|
|R||Jimmy Rollins , SS||78|
|SB||Ben Revere , CF||49|
|W||Kyle Kendrick , SP||10|
|ERA||Cole Hamels , SP||2.46|
|WHIP||Cole Hamels , SP||1.15|
|K||Cole Hamels , SP||198|
|SV||Jonathan Papelbon , RP||39|
|Full Team Statistics|
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