Ben Revere Trade Fills Philadelphia Phillies' CF Void

Jon ReidCorrespondent IIDecember 6, 2012

TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 1: Ben Revere #11 of the Minnesota Twins slides and scores a run in the seventh inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on October 1, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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According to some of baseball's top insiders, the Philadelphia Phillies have filled their need for an outfielder today by acquiring Minnesota Twins center fielder Ben Revere.

Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com and Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com both tweeted about the trade on Thursday afternoon:

 

Confirmed: Ben Revere traded to #Phillies for Vance Worley and Trevor May. @mlbonfox

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 6, 2012

 

 

Trevor May is the other pitcher (with Worley) in the Revere deal. So it's Revere to Phils for Worley and May.

— DKnobler (@DKnobler) December 6, 2012

 

In order to acquire the speedy outfielder's services, the Phillies gave up starter Vance Worley and pitching prospect Trevor May.

The 24-year-old Revere hit .294 and stole 40 bases in 2012, bettering his 34 steals in 2011. Those are pretty impressive numbers for a player coming off of just his second full major league season.

Revere will still have to work on raising his OBP, but there is no doubt that the Phillies filled a major need by making this deal.

They also saved a fair bit of money by trading for Revere as opposed to signing Michael Bourn or trading for Curtis Granderson.

This will allow them to make another move (Michael Young, anyone?) to bolster their lineup.

While giving up May and Worley may seem like a steep price, this move was essential in order for Philadelphia to both improve its team and leave itself with enough wiggle room financially to make another impact move.

The Phillies join their division rivals, the Washington Nationals, as teams that dealt with the Twins in order to fill a need in center field, as the Nats traded for Denard Span on November 29.

Philadelphia had been relatively quiet so far this offseason, but talks and rumors have been heating up in recent days.

 

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