Turns out the Phillies were busy at the Winter Meetings. After Ruben Amaro Jr. left Nashville this morning with nothing happening, the Phillies have since made a trade for a centerfielder.
Ben Revere, a 24-year-old outfielder who played his first two-plus seasons with the Minnesota Twins. In 2012, he hit .294. Revere doesn’t have power – no home runs in 254 games – but he is a great defensive outfielder and a huge threat on the bases. Clearly the Phillies were looking for a guy to set up the big guns and they have done that. Additionally, Revere will fill the void in centerfield that the Phillies needed to fill.
Going to Minnesota in the deal is starting pitcher Vance Worley and one of the team’s top pitching prospects, Trevor May.
As several have noted, the Phillies now need a third baseman – and talks are hot with Texas for Michael Young – a corner outfielder and an eighth-inning set-up pitcher.
More will be known throughout the day, so stay posted. And check back tomorrow for analysis of the deals made today.
UPDATE (2:12 p.m.): Worley and Revere have each commented on the trade. Here’s their quotes.
Worley: “I didn’t see it coming. I’m over here at Citizens Bank Park, I just finished working out, and I got the news. So I guess it is just time to pack it up and head over to Minnesota and just keep working on getting healthy for the season.”
Revere: “I was working out when I got the call. The Philadelphia Phillies is a great organization. I’ve been playing against them. Played against them this year when I was with the Twins. Their fan base is great. Everything about them is great. They’ve got great players, great coaches and it’s going to be a good time to be over there playing for them.”