According to Jim Salisbury of Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia, the Phillies have agreed to a trade with the Minnesota Twins that would send outfielder Ben Revere to Philadelphia in exchange for starting pitchers Vance Worley and minor leaguer Trevor May.
Revere, 24, will play centerfield for the Phillies, answering questions about who the Phillies would acquire to be their starting centerfielder. Although this trade came as a bit of a surprise, it makes a lot of sense for both sides. For the Phillies, Revere provides a high on base percentage leadoff hitter to help catalyze the offense. Additionally, Revere will provide superb defense in centerfield, filling the gap that had lots of question marks surrounding it. One of the likely benefits the Phillies saw in Revere is that he is young and cheap, under team control through the 2017 season.
Revere finished his second full season in the major leagues in 2012, hitting .294 with 40 stolen bases in 553 plate appearances. He stole 34 bases for the Twins in 117 games in 2011. A lefty, Revere was drafted out of high school by Minnesota in the 2007 amateur draft. Coming out of high school, he was ranked as the Twins sixth best prospect by Baseball America after the 2007 season.
Vance Worley, 25, was originally drafted by the Phillies in the 2008 amateur draft out of Cal State Long Beach. Worley’s rookie campaign in 2011, in which he went 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA in 131 innings pitched, was highlighted by a 3rd place finish in the rookie of the year voting. In 2012, Worley regressed slightly, falling to a 6-9 record, while posting a 4.20 ERA. The Twins were desperate for young starting pitching, and Worley will likely be a piece of their rotation for the next several years.
Trevor May was ranked as the Phillies number 1 prospect by Baseball America after the 2011 season, although he struggled a bit in 2012, posting a 10-13 record with a 4.87 ERA for Double-A Reading. For the Twins, they expect to see him as a front of the line starter sometime in the near future.
While the Phillies may have given up a lot in this trade in terms of young starting pitching, in return they receive a brilliant young defensive outfielder who will be a solid leadoff hitter, being a major part of the Phillies offense. With this acquisition, rumors of Josh Hamilton and Michael Bourn coming to Philadelphia can be put to sleep.