PHILADELPHIA — Ben Revere was there to see Troy Tulowitzki make his debut with the Toronto Blue Jays and bat leadoff for the first time in his career.
Now, he's probably taking his spot.
The Blue Jays have bolstered their offense by acquiring Revere from the Philadelphia Phillies for two minor leaguers on Friday. The speedy outfielder is the latest player heading to Toronto in a busy week in which they also obtained Tulowitzki, ace left-hander David Price and veteran reliever Mark Lowe.
"I just want to try to get on base and let the big boys do the work," Revere said.
Philadelphia got right-handed pitchers Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado for Revere and is paying the Blue Jays $1.2 million to cover most of the $1,456,284 remaining of Revere's $4.1 million salary this season. The rebuilding Phillies already traded closer Jonathan Papelbon to Washington and ace Cole Hamels to Texas.
Revere is batting .296 with 24 stolen bases. He gives the Blue Jays table-setter in a lineup filled with power bats. Tulowitzki, acquired from Colorado for Jose Reyes, had two doubles and a homer batting out of the leadoff spot against the Phillies on Wednesday night.
It was odd even for opponents to see Tulowitzki, who usually hits in the middle of the lineup, leading off.
"I just shook my head when I saw that," Revere said.
Revere packed his stuff at his locker upon learning the news and plans to leave for Toronto on Saturday morning.
"I want to go there, do what I can to help them make the playoffs," he said.
The Blue Jays haven't reached the postseason since beating the Phillies in the 1993 World Series. They entered Friday night's game six games behind AL East-leading New York Yankees and two games back in the wild-card race.
Revere is a career .292 hitter with three homers and 135 RBIs in 2,271 at-bats. He has 169 stolen bases.