Right-handed pitcher Vance Worley was actually standing in Citizens Bank Park when he got the news that he was being shipped to Minnesota. He was as shocked as the rest of us that his time in Philadelphia was at an end. Sadly, the Vanimal is gone. Phillies’ top pitching prospect Trevor May will join him there as well.
In return, the Phillies got a young centerfielder. Ben Revere, 24, hit .294 last year for the Twins with a .333 on-base percentage. He also had 40 stolen bases and is being touted as a young Juan Pierre with excellent range in the outfield. The downsides include his lack of power, minimal walks and below-average arm. But he is under team control and therefore, very cheap.
It seems Revere’s skill set could make him the new lead-off hitter; he has speed and gets on base. While it is very sad to say bye-bye to the Vanimal and to May, this trade may pay dividends for the Phillies if they can use the money they are saving towards a bullpen piece or another outfielder.
Revere should fit in well in Philly. In fact, his name alone is a combination of two historical figures with Philadelphia ties: Ben Franklin and Paul Revere. I suppose then, it was fate that brought him here.
The Phillies are not done yet as trade talks still linger. The latest rumor has Michael Young, who is actually not so young at 36 years of age, possibly coming to Philly with half of his salary paid by the Rangers. Stayed tuned…
UPDATE: Just a few quick notes on the Ben Franklin and Paul Revere comments above. It seems we have some badly educated, wanna-be historians in the Twittersphere who question my references to the historical links of these figures in Philadelphia. First, Revere was born in Boston and made several rides to visit the Continental Congress in Philly to report on the impending revolution. Then, during the war in 1775, Revere was sent to Philadelphia to study the only powder mill in the colonies so that northern colonies could learn how to produce more gun powder. So yes, Revere does have ties to Philly. Look it up.
Even more shocking was someone questioning Ben Franklin’s relation to Philadelphia. No, he was not born there, but he lived there most of his life (around 67 years), died and was buried in Philly. Oh, and he signed that little document called the United States Constitution in Philadelphia. Anyone questioning that should be ashamed.
By the way, Ben Revere retweeted the photo I posted of him as Ben Franklin and Paul Revere. So clearly, he enjoyed it :O)
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