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Ben Revere: Breaking down the Phillies trade

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"KEEP ON PHIGHTIN' WITH JOE VALLEE"

 No, he’s not B.J. Upton. No, he’s not Michael Bourn. 

But yes, he is younger and a heck of a lot cheaper.

He’s Ben Revere, who the Phillies acquired from the Twins Thursday in exchange for Vance Worley and pitching prospect Trevor May.

Worley has been mentioned in trade talks over the last two seasons. And despite being a fan favorite, many believe that “Vanimal” has reached his ceiling as a fourth starter in the major leagues.

May, on the other hand, was ranked by Baseball America as the Phillies best prospect. However, he struggled in 2012, going 10-13 with a 4.87 ERA in 28 starts. Some however, have projected May as a possible number two starter down the line.

So far, the response to the trade has been mixed.

Let’s break it down: Ben Revere photo: lastangryfan.com

-Revere is a left-handed hitter. Although he hit .314 against lefties in 2012, it’s yet another lefty on this Phillies team............

-If you’re looking for power, forget it. No, I mean completely forget it. Revere hasn’t homered in 989 career major league at-bats.

-A source tells me that there are times when Revere will absolutely dazzle you with his play in center field. But despite having eight assists last year, Revere is also reported to have Lenny Dykstra disease- a lousy outfield arm (What did YOU think I meant by that?.....). I guess we were truly spoiled by Shane Victorino’s cannon for all those years.

-Revere was third in the league in steals with 40 in 2012, but he only walked 29 times in 553 plate appearances. I thought the goal was to get more patient hitters on this Phillies team. When a rookie like Darin Ruf has the most plate discipline on the team, that speaks volumes.....

As indicated above, however, Revere isn’t eligible for salary arbitration until next year and the Phils will have control of him until 2017.


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The bottom line:

The Phillies gave up a high prospect in May and an everyday starter in Worley for a cheaper, younger centerfielder. This not only makes the Phils younger, but they have an inexpensive Revere, which also sets up Ruben Amaro to make a potential big deal for a possible right-handed bat (Who that will be, I don’t know, but I don’t mean Michael Young). On the flip side, the Phillies must now find a replacement for Worley in the rotation (because chances are it’s not Tyler Cloyd).

As of right now, I’m not completely sold on this trade. I can see why Amaro made it, but the Twins throwing in Josh Willingham would have made it more acceptable. The jury will be out on this one for a while.

Stay tuned.

 

Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com

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Ben Revere photo: lastangryfan.com