Phillies settle with Ben Revere, finish arbitration cases

The Phillies and Ben Revere agreed on a one-year, $1.95 million contract Friday to avoid arbitration. He was the team's final unsigned arbitration-eligible player.

Revere, 25, will play center for the Phillies in 2014 after an injury-shortened 2013 season. He hit .305 with a .691 OPS, which was impressive given a horrific April that relegated him on the bench for almost a week. A fractured ankle limited Revere to 88 games. The Phillies want to see improvement in Revere's defense, which was heralded upon his arrival, but shaky in reality.

The team's payroll is approximately $155 million when calculated for luxury tax purposes. That accounts for the 17 players under guaranteed contracts; the rest of the roster could be filled with players making near the league minimum of $500,000.

When payments for player benefits, performance bonuses and 40-man roster costs are included, the payroll figure swells to some $173 million, which would make it one of the top totals in baseball. These are merely estimates because final payroll is not determined until the end of the season.

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