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Did the Phillies Fleece the Twins on the Ben Revere Trade?

Jun 15, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

Ben Revere AP

The Phillies gave up two players – an 11-game winner and a prospect – to acquire Ben Revere, a shaky centerfielder with a .304 on-base percentage and zero power. Apparently in Minnesota that’s considered stealing.

Tom Powers, columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, admits it’s a tad premature to pass final judgment on the swap that sent Revere to Philly in exchange for Vance Worley and prospects, but so far it looks like the Twins had their pockets picked. Worley has since sunk back to the minors, and Trevor May is still at Double A.

At least the Phillies are getting a lot of innings out of Revere, whose four-hit night against his former team on Thursday helped prevent the Fightins from being swept in that series. As of right now, the Twins have nothing to show for the move, nor the one that sent Denard Span to the Nationals for that matter.

Powers grieves:

Now it’s possible, maybe even likely, that [Alex] Meyer and May become solid major league starters. And [Eric] Hicks could develop into an exceptional player. If, perchance, maybe, perhaps. But we have to be fair and give it time. However, it is fair to make short-term appraisals as long as we keep an eye on the long term. And, again, my short-term appraisal is: dreadful.

This wouldn’t be so hard to take if Worley hadn’t been such a disaster. The Opening Day starter, and touted as the linchpin of the rotation, Worley’s earned-run average had ballooned to 7.21 before he got the boot to Rochester. Worley and May came over for Revere. Meyer was straight up for Span.

Worley could regain his form in the minors. We’ll add him to the list of ifs and maybes. At some glorious juncture, all these guys could be up with the big club and making a splash.

But as it stands right now, and as short term as it may be, these trades rate a big “yuck.” Of course, we’ll check back later.

Unless Worley – 1-3 with a 4.74 ERA at Triple A this year – is never making it back to the Majors, Phillies fans might find it hard to describe the deal as a fleece job. Revere hasn’t been a disaster, but he’s a leadoff hitter who doesn’t get on base enough, an outfielder who misjudges fly balls and doesn’t have the arm to compensate.

He’s not exactly making folks forget about Shane Victorino.

That said, the Phils are definitely coming out on the winning end of the trade so far. Revere is still prone to defensive miscues, but his speed is a weapon for the starting lineup. Worley looks like a shell of the pitcher who was the second runner-up for NL Rookie of the Year in 2011, while May is an afterthought.

I suppose congratulations are in order for Ruben Amaro. It appears he may have successfully got one over on another GM – for now anyway.

>> Twins getting fleeced on offseason moves [Pioneer Press]

  1. sfsu - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    “It appears he may have successfully got one over on another GM”

    Emphasis on “one”.

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  2. Hiccup - Jun 15, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Could it be possible that the move disrupted Worely’s mojo? Maybe he felt like a winner here who’s work was appreciated only to be traded to Seberia for a Victorino wannabe; how good would that be for ones self-esteem.

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  3. Guest - Jun 15, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    I’m tired of people saying the trade was a wash because Worley is at AAA. Who knows how he would have done with the Phils. And if he was at Lehigh Valley (our AAA) maybe he would help them win which would help other players develop. You just don’t know.

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  4. Von9 - Jun 15, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    The Twins should be glad to unload Revere. He offers nothing… he does not excel in any phase of the game, and his lack of power, defense, and baserunning in a premium position hurts the ballclub. He also seems to be picking up some unfounded swag from Delmon Young. I can’t wait until he’s off the roster.

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    • KellB - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Things looking different yet now that he’s at .300/.340/.360? Revere is still learning the different stadiums and his instincts will improve. He is pretty much everything the Phillies could have expected and hoped for at this point in the season. Center fielders with power are pretty much non-existent. His defense is, overall, at least average. He’s stolen 21 bases. Yeah, he sure is a turd.

      Meanwhile Worley looks like he’ll never see MLB again and May is washing out in AA.

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  5. John - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Does either side really win if both ends of the trade suck?

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  6. Matt - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    May was the big guy in this trade and he’s a prospect. The twins weren’t winning this year so who cares about reveres performance this as his OBP and potential are still limited.

    This article is like saying Twins got fleeced on the Johan for Gomez trade after year 1. Too bad they have up on that one shortly after…

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