MLB – The Phillies will not leave the Winter Meetings empty handed. Multiple sources confirmed to MLB.com this morning the Phillies have acquired outfielder Ben Revere in a trade with the Minnesota Twins. Right-hander Vance Worley and right-handed prospect Trevor May are headed to Minnesota in the deal. Revere hit .294 with 13 doubles, six triples, 32 RBIs, 40 stolen bases and 70 runs scored in 511 at-bats last season. He also carried a .333 on-base percentage and a .342 slugging percentage.
I dig it. The Phillies have broken their offseason silence and have begun what I believe is the first of a few key moves that will go a long way to evening the playing field of the NL East.
It may not be the type of move that makes your dick stand up right now–but it could later.
Enter Ben Revere.
The Phillies and Twins finalized a trade earlier this afternoon that sent fan-favorite Vance Worley and one of the team’s top prospects in Trevor May to Minnesota for th3 24-year-old speedy center fielder that should lockdown the Phillies’ leadoff spot and solidify their outfield defense.
Of all the things you can accuse me of, being a homer isn’t one of them, so let’s be clear that I didn’t have to put down by red pom-poms to write this. Is the Revere move in a vacuum one that’s going to send the Phillies back to the postseason? Probably not, but it’s a big step in the right direction.
Revere is young, hits for average, and can run like the wind–his 40 stolen bases in 2012 was third in the American League. His pre-arbitration eligible contract will provide the team financial flexibility to add power at a corner outfield spot which they’ll need to do because Revere couldn’t hit a fucking home run if he swung from second base. He has 0 home runs in 1,064 career plate appearances.
He stacks up pretty well for the stat geeks, too. He posted a solid WAR of 2.4 a year ago.
As he enters his fourth Major League season, Revere probably won’t find a sudden power stroke, but there is growth to improve his patience at the plate. He walked only 29 times a year ago, good for only one walk every 19.07 plate appearances. As a point of comparison, the notoriously aggressive Jimmy Rollins walked once every 11.27 plate appearances. Still, Revere’s on-base percentage was 17 points higher than Rollins, who will likely move to second or sixth in the lineup as it’s currently constructed.
Which leads us to what’s next. This move not only doesn’t preclude the team from adding another outfield upgrade, it actually makes it more likely. Signing players like Cody Ross and Nick Swisher would seemingly make sense, or acquiring another Minnesota outfielder via trade (Josh Willingham) makes sense on the surface.
As for Worley, the guy was a nice player here and many fans will be sad to see him go, but he’s replaceable. People in this city get way too carried away with players like Worley—a gritty player with likable traits and a cool nickname. Guy is okay and all, but he’s not fucking Cy Young. Look for the Phillies to add a veteran arm to round out the rotation—I don’t think Tyler Cloyd is the guy.
It’s not a blockbuster deal, and it’s not going to put the Phillies over the top, but it’s a smart trade and is a good first step to getting back atop the NL East. Now Ruben Amaro Jr. has to finish the job.