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Twins send Ben Revere to Phillies for Vance Worley, Trevor May
For the second time this offseason, the Minnesota Twins have traded a starting center fielder, moving 24-year-old Ben Revere to Philadelphia for right-handers Vance Worley and Trevor May. Back in November, the Twins dealt Denard Span to Washington. The Phillies, needing a center fielder ever since they dealt Shane Victorino down the stretch, will control Revere for at least four more seasons. They give up Worley, a part of their starting rotation the past two seasons, even if he wasn’t an ace. He finished 2012 with a 4.20 ERA in 133 innings — reduced because of elbow pain. Rated the 69th best prospect by Baseball America before the 2012 season, May hasn’t pitched above Class AA, where he posted a 4.87 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 149 2/3 innings in 2012.
BLS take: Whoa, another center fielder dealt from Minnesota? Somebody help Terry Ryan — he can’t stop! But the Twins’ GM has a plan to re-stock the team’s pitching staff. He’s added Worley, May and top prospect Alex Meyer (for Span) and has young outfielder Aaron Hicks waiting in the wings to play center. So he has traded players who can be replaced.
Defensively, Revere is one of the best outfielders in the league (considering range, not arm strength), and is capable of making the most spectacular of plays . He always hit over .300 in the minors and batted .294 in his second full season with the Twins. He also has 74 career stolen bases, so his speed kills. But he doesn’t draw many walks and has yet to hit a home run in 1,064 plate appearances. The Phillies see Revere as a young Michael Bourn, but the statistical comparisons seem superficial. Revere’s a great defensive center fielder with a noodle arm who’s probably suited to bat eighth. That doesn’t make it a bad trade.
Worley and May (assuming he develops) seem like a lot, but it’s approximately what any team would have paid for Revere. Worley, also 24, is a good fourth or great fifth starter going forward. Nothing to sneeze at. The key is May, who has to develop his command, having walked 276 batters in 525 1/3 career innings. He could be a very good No. 3 starter, possibly a weaker No. 2. Better than Nick Blackburn and friends. — Dave Brown
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