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Ben Revere's career is shaping up to be similar to former Phillies outfielder Juan Pierre.
The Phillies didn't make any cannonball splashes this offseason, but the few moves they did make were tactical and intelligent. For that reason, they will be able to compete with the Braves and Nationals in the NL East.
Trading for former Twin Ben Revere brings in a young, speedy leadoff man who continues to improve each year.
After two full seasons in the majors, Revere clearly has a weakness in his lack of power (no home runs and only 33 extra-base hits in 989 career at-bats). But he has the ability to hit .300 at the top of the order and can turn on the jets.
The 24-year-old stole 40 bases last year, and don't be surprised if he finds the gap often at Citizens Bank Park and increases his total of doubles and triples.
Obtaining Michael Young from Texas was another solid move for the Phillies, who will be able to start the seven-time All-Star at third base.
Young had a down year offensively, hitting .277 with eight home runs and 67 RBI. However, the career .301 hitter is just two years removed from a 2011 season when he hit .338, knocked in 106 runs and finished eighth in MVP voting.
Young will move from a potent Rangers lineup to a similarly powerful one in Philly, where he'll likely hit behind Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.
Mike Adams also arrived in Philadelphia to bolster a bullpen that was average at best last season.
The Phillies will look to harness the energy of the team that went 44-31 over the second half of the 2012 season.