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Phillies acquire Ben Revere from Twins for Vance Worley and Trevor May

Dec 6, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT

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When the Twins traded Denard Span last week the assumption was that they did so in part because Ben Revere was ready to step in as their new center fielder and leadoff man, but now they’ve traded Revere to the Phillies.

Todd Zolecki of broke the news and Jim Salisbury of says the Twins are getting right-hander Vance Worley and pitching prospect Trevor May in return.

Minnesota has an incredible lack of quality pitching throughout the organization and one area where the Twins have good depth is the outfield, where former first-round pick Aaron Hicks could be ready to become the starting center fielder at some point in 2013. Revere is very fast and very good defensively, but he has zero power and a fairly limited overall upside, so if the Twins feel Hicks will be ready soon anyway it makes some sense.

Revere has tremendous range in center field that more than makes up for perhaps the worst arm in baseball and he’s capable of swiping 50 bases at a good clip, but he may never hit an over-the-fence homer and through age 24 he’s hit .278 with a .319 on-base percentage and .323 slugging percentage. For years he’s been compared to Juan Pierre, for better or worse.

Worley missed the final month of the season with an elbow injury that required minor surgery, but when healthy the 24-year-old right-hander has a 3.50 ERA in 278 career innings with a solid strikeout rate of 7.7 per nine frames. Long term Worley is a mid-rotation guy, but on the Twins right now he immediately becomes their best starter. Barring more trades, of course.

May is a 22-year-old former fourth-round pick who spent this year at Double-A, posting a 4.87 ERA while racking up 151 strikeouts in 149 innings. He has control issues, but May was a top-100 prospect coming into the season and has 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings for his pro career. Minnesota wanted young pitching and they definitely got it.

(Note: I also wrote a much lengthier, Twins-centric analysis of the Revere trade.)

  1. dkphilly1122 - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Does anyone realize Ben is only due to make I believe 550000 the next two years?? So yeah I am glad they got him than over paying for Bourne or Victorino PLUS they still have a ton of free money now to go after Swisher or Hamilton. At this point I would rather them go all in for Swisher. Right handed power bat in CBP. I ain’t saying I wanted them to get Ben but if they add a Swisher or Hamilton it doesn’t look so bad because the kid can cover a ton of ground and can steal a heck of a lot of bases.

    • paperlions - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      I think everyone realizes it. The issue is that they gave up a couple of valuable pitchers for a guy that doesn’t help their offense (last year he was a worse hitter than Victorino was). I agree that this is a better move than severely overpaying Bourne (Philly doesn’t need any more expensive contracts for declining performance), and the glove is great….still seems like a lot of pitching talent to give up for defense first CF that probably has less power than any other MLB player.

  2. cktai - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    I like the trade. Ben Revere can help the Phillies. He might not be a offensive force -his last home run was in 2011 in AAA- but he does have an above average OBP and he hardly strikes out, so he could be a decent asset. His real value however is in the field. He has a very nice range and snaggs some nice flyballs. Even if his arm is rather weak.

    Worley and May on the other hand might be overrated; they certainly aren’t as valuable as they were just a year ago. Worley still strikes out a decent amount of guys, but his strikeout rate is dropping. He still gets a lot of strikeouts on strike three looking, so in all probability, he will only get worse. As for May, his 4.87 ERA says enough. He walks far too many guys, even with the amount of strikeouts he gets. The Phillies have better pitching prospects in their system.

  3. deepstblu - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    So if they make the deal for Michael Brown, and start Domonic Brown and Darin Ruf, they could have the most expensive infield and the cheapest outfield in the majors.

    • tuberippin - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      If they made the deal for Michael BOURN and started Darin Ruf and DBreezy, then the acquisition of Ben Revere would be pointless.

      • albertmn - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:58 PM

        I think deep was referring to Michael Young.

    • tuberippin - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:58 PM

      “Brown” is a weird way to spell “Young”..

      • cktai - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:23 AM

        It is a weird way to spell “Bourn” too

  4. pariseinminnesotabichez - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Stupid, stupid and stupid what a STUPID trade

    • lordfletcher - Dec 8, 2012 at 10:23 AM


      good deal for both teams… long term upside easily goes in the Twins favor if one of these guys pans out. Ben is a good player, but what you see is what you get… time will tell and both teams get what they need. win win for now.

      • brewdogg - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        Remember that this is the same GM that landed Joe Nathan and Francisco Liriano for AJ Pierzinski and forced Tom Kelly to keep this kid named Santana on the roster all year. He seems to have an eye for pitchers. I’m going to guess at this point that Worley will be a servicable starter for a couple years and then May will come up and play at close to an all-star level for a couple years before bottoming out. It’s what Twins pitchers do….

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