It's official. Early Thursday afternoon, the Phillies announced they had acquired center fielder Ben Revere from the Twins in exchange for starting pitcher Vance Worley and pitching prospect Trevor May.
Ruben Amaro Jr. has his centerfielder. Revere, only 24 years old, hit .294 with 13 doubles, six triples and stole 40 bases a season ago. A 2007 first-round draft pick, Revere also led his team with eight outfield assists.
“Ben is an outstanding, young, controllable center fielder who fits nicely with our club,” Amaro said in a statement released by the team.
The Phillies obviously had to give up some value to get some. Do you think they gave up too much?
The loss of Worley, who went 18-13 with a 3.50 ERA over parts of three seasons with Philadelphia, will likely put the Phillies in the market for a free-agent starting pitcher. May entered last season considered the Phillies' top prospect but went 10-13 with a 4.87 ERA in 28 starts. With a lot of starting pitching depth in the minor leagues, the Phillies obviously considered him expendable.
Already a common comparison for Revere on the Twitter-verse is a young Juan Pierre or Michael Bourn. In 2012, Revere's 40 stolen bases tied with Jose Reyes for fifth-most in all of baseball and he played only 126 games. Though Revere hasn't hit a home run in 989 career at-bats, his six triples last season would've tied him with Pierre for most on the Phillies.