Well, Amaro has done it again. Just when fans thought that the Phillies GM wouldn't get a deal done, He came out strong. The Phillies on Thursday, December 06, the final day of the Winter Meetings in Nashville, traded Back of the rotation pitcher, Vance Worley, and pitching prospect Trevor May to the Minnesota Twins, for a guy who can hit for average and field well, Ben Revere.
Like what was said in the previous Fightin Phillieblog post, The Phillies tested a smaller market. They did this by trading for a player who is not eligible for salary arbitration until 2014, and is not a free agent until 2017.
The player that the Phillies gained in Revere is one that hit .294 in 2012, and is a former draft pick that plays all three outfield positions. Revere is a guy that is more known for his speed and ability to make an opposing team nervous when it comes to base stealing. He also stole 40 bases in 49 attempts and scored 70 runs. He can hit either first or second in the order.
"He could hit at the top of the order or the bottom of the order," Amaro said in a press conference before boarding a plane to leave Nashville. "We got him for his defense, but he can hit, too."
The Phillies traded away some young talent, to gain some young talent in this deal. Revere is a 24 year old, slap hitter who is the perfect fit for a Phillies team that is in dire need of some young bats.
Worley, 25,had gone from a fringe prospect in 2010 to a valued member of a rotation rife with all-stars in 2011. He finished third in the rookie of the year voting that year after posting an 11-3 record and 3.01 ERA. He was unable to repeat that success in 2012 as he went 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA before being shut down late in the year with a bone spur that was surgically removed.
With Worley's departure, it's possible the Phillies could be in the market for a veteran free agent to join their rotation. According to Philly.com, those free agents could be either, Shaun Marcum, John Lannan or Edwin Jackson.
"We could go either way to fill the other spot," Amaro said. "We could go outside the organization or inside the organization. Jonathan Pettibone is close. Tyler Cloyd will be in the mix."
In Trevor May, the Phillies will lose a top prospect that was not too far off from making the big club. He was also the 69th ranked prospect in the minor leagues by Baseball America before last season. But the right-hander struggled through most of last season, posting a 10-13 record and a 4.87 ERA at double-A Reading.