The Philadelphia Phillies have made their first real move in the off-season by acquiring center fielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins. The Phillies will be sending Vance Worley & Trevor May as part of the deal.
Revere was a first round draft pick of the Twins in 2007 (28th overall) and has been on the team for the last 3 seasons and being a full time player in 2011 & 2012. Revere will play center field for the Phillies and has stolen 74 stolen bases and only being caught 19 times the last three seasons. Revere had a career high slash line of .294/.333/.342 in 2012 but has yet to play 162 games in a season. He’s never had a home run in his career and has scored an average of 81 runs a season.
Revere is under team control until 2018 and is eligible for arbitration in 2014. He’s also very inexpensive earning $492,500 last season.
Worley came to fame in 2011 as he went 11-3 after an in-season call-up from AAA Lehigh Valley. Worley struggled last year going 6-9 and his ERA went up a full run to 4.20 from 2011′s 3.01. Worley battled bone chips through the season and was eventually shut down when the team was out of the race. Worley was expected to be the 4th starter behind Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels & Cliff Lee. Kyle Kendrick is expected to fill that role with Tyler Cloyd possibly being the front-runner for the 5th pitching spot.
May pitched for AA Reading last year and was the Phillies 4th round draft pick in the 2008 MLB Draft. He went 10-13 last year for the Phillies with a 4.87 ERA. He was considered a top prospect for the Phillies.
This should take the Phillies out of the Michael Bourn sweepstakes but they still need a power bat in the outfield. Nick Swisher is someone the Phillies are not in on and that’s the same as Josh Hamilton. Cody Ross‘ name has been floated about but he may not be the power the team needs. The Phillies are obviously not done as the talks continue with the Texas Rangers for Michael Young. This will be a busy couple of days for Ruben Amaro Jr.Tags: Ben Revere, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick, Major League Baseball, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Halladay, Trevor May, Vance Worley