Ben Revere had only been back in town from spring training for a few days and was about to take the field for pregame batting practice on Opening Day when a reporter told him he was on the trade block.
"Right before the first pitch," Revere recalled Wednesday afternoon. "I'm like, damn. OK. But that's the way it is. It happens to everybody."
Revere, 27, has already been traded once (for today's starting pitcher, Vance Worley) and understands the sport he plays is also a business. Although he tries not to think about it, Revere knows the possibility exists that he could join the parade or veterans Ruben Amaro Jr. attempts to sell off in the next two months to continue the Phillies rebuilding process.
And he's also aware of the overcrowded mix of outfielders the Phillies will have in the near future, when converted this baseman Cody Asche and former All-Star Domonic Brown join the current crop that includes Odubel Herrera, Darin Ruf, Grady Sizemore, Jeff Francoeur and himself.
"It's a lot of guys, a lot of lefthanded hitters," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "So, we'll see. We'll see as moves are made down the road, see who is actually on the roster and go from there."
Sandberg's choice of words were certainly curious. Is a trade on the horizon?
If Asche and Herrera are favorites to play regularly, in left and center, it's difficult to imagine Revere, Brown, Sizemore and Francoeur all on the roster, too. Someone has to go, and since the latter three are short on trade value, it actually makes perfect sense for the rebuilding Phillies to explore trading Revere.
According to a recent report, there is at least one team interested. The Orange Country register identified Revere as on the short list of trade candidates the Los Angeles Angels could look to in an attempt to upgrade their sagging offense.
Entering play Wednesday, the Angels had scored 123 runs (5th fewest in MLB, fewest in the AL), were hitting .230 (4th worst in MLB) and sporting a .640 OPS (only the Phillies, .615, were worse).
The Angels have scored three runs or fewer in 18 of their games (just four fewer than the Phillies) and they could use an upgrade in the outfield, too. Angels left fielders entered Wednesday hitting .154 with a .426 OPS. Additionally, their DH spot has been a problem spot, too: .221 with a .557 OPS (the lowest OPS among AL teams).
The righthanded-heavy Angels lineup could benefit by plugging Revere in as an option in left. And, perhaps they could take a chance on Brown, too.
Current Angels leftfielder Matthew Joyce is hitting .144 and, among 191 major leaguer with at least 100 plate appearances, his .411 OPS ranked 190th (behind Chase Utley, .425). Josh Hamilton was traded to Texas last month and neither Collin Cowgill or C.J. Crohn have helped fill in the gap.
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has said he still has faith with the players on his roster, but for a team that had baseball's best record in 2014 and the 8th highest Opening Day payroll in 2015, it's difficult to see him being shy to pull the trigger on a trade if there is a feasible deal to upgrade his team.
After playing center field exclusively in his first two seasons with the Phillies, Revere has already been shipped off to two different positions within the first six weeks of 2015. But that could play to his advantage: versatility bolsters his value going forward, and perhaps the Phillies have been putting that on display.
"I know it's a business," Revere said. "I know we need some guys to help this program out, this organization out. If I do, it's a part of the game. But the only thing I'm trying to do is help the team win. I'm not worrying about it. If it does happen, it happens. If it doesn't, I'm going to try to bring some W's to this team."
Since Asche has to spend at least another week in the minor leagues and Brown (.234) hasn't really got his bat going at Triple-A, maybe there isn't a rush to make a move. But, it's also difficult to see them both in Allentown this time next month, too.
Beyond the major league roster, both Brian Bogusevic (.339, .867 OPS) and Jordan Danks have big league experience at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. It would almost be more shocking if the Phillies didn't trade an outfielder in the next two months (or sooner).
"Whatever happens, happens," said Revere. "I know this whole year is kind of crazy with a bunch of guys moving around. … You always have that in the back of your head, but you can't worry about it. I'm not worried about it. Whatever happens, it's in the big man's hands. I'm just going to go out there and play my game."
Revere is set to earn $4.1 million this season and can't be a free agent until after the 2017 season.