Found December 06, 2012 on
After trading their centre fielder and leadoff man Dernard Span to the Nationals for Alex Meyer, in a trade that the number of supporters for both sides ‘winning the deal’ would indicate it was actually a pretty even swap, the Twins traded another outfielder today as they shipped Ben Revere to the Phillies for Vance Worley and Trevor May. Unlike the Span trade, it seems pretty clear that the Twins got the good end of this trade. Worley is a decent rotation piece and May appears to be a good but not great pitching prospect and that looks to be a good return for a centre fielder who, for all his speed and defensive ability, can’t really throw or hit.
The two trades boost the Twins pitching depth and indicate the team is going into full rebuild mode. Long-time frustration Aaron Hicks may now get a chance in centre field and a number of other young players will likely be asked to step in if the front office continues to clear out established talent in an effort to bring in younger, cheaper options with the intent to contend further down the line.
Looking over the Twins roster, there’s really only a handful of players left who are candidates to be moved in a rebuild:
A hard player to put a trade value on given his suddenly alarming platoon splits, .902 OPS vs righties, .569 OPS v lefties in 2012, and a recovery from a severe concussion that can probably be characterized as ‘ongoing’. The Twins could well be aiming to trade him mid-season after a strong start.
Isn’t going to bring much back. Most likely to be picked up by a club who just want a veteran backup infielder and aren’t too worried about his weak bat.
Of all the players on the roster, Willingham is the one who is most likely to bring back a significant return. He’s just put up a strong year and there’s a good chance a team will give up something of value to get hold of him.
This is where it gets a little strange. Signed to a huge deal when the team moved to Target Field, Mauer is linked to this franchise in a way few other players and teams are and it would seem to be an admission that his 8 year $184m contract was an error in judgement. Obviously few teams could afford to take on that deal, even if the Twins kicked in money to try and get some prospects back, but rather than try to construct elaborate trade scenarios, what might be more interesting is how this effects the relationship between Mauer and the club. One would assume that during negotiations for Mauer’s deal, there were discussions about the future direction of the club and plans banded about over how they would put a winning team on the field in the new stadium. Mauer remains an outstanding hitter who is still capable of catching, but his contract and standing make him incredibly difficult to move, and that’s before mentioning his no-trade clause.
If the Twins move Willingham and/or Morneau before Opening Day, Mauer will be more or less the last man standing on the club which is unlikely to be what he signed up for in 2010. It is entirely possible that Mauer is happy and settled enough in Minnesota that he can live with that, but it is a situation that may warrant monitoring if the Twins start shipping out everyone around him.
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Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan told MLB Radio
Network during an interview yesterday that he is willing to listen to trade
offers for catcher Joe Mauer and first baseman/designated hitter Justin
Terry Ryan, Twins General Manager, tells us that they will listen to all offers on Joe Mauer & Justin Morneau. They need pitching
— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio...
Eric Fryer has actually already been removed from the roster. In fact, Fryer has already signed on with the Minnesota Twins, so he will not be back. This is really no great loss, as his status as a prospect was pretty weak to begin with, and overall very short-lived. The Pirates acquired Fryer for disgruntled [...]
Several hours after making a trade to bolster their rotation, the Minnesota Twins made a move Thursday to maintain stability in their bullpen by signing right-hander Jared Burton to a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season.
Burton, who was 3-2 with five saves and a 2.18 ERA in 64 appearances last season, signed with the Twins in November 2011. Now he'll make 2.05...
The Twins executed a fairly stunning trade today, made more surprising by what had happened just a couple of weeks ago. Ben Revere, who had been slotted as the starting center fielder after the Denard Span trade was put together, was instead dealt to Philadelphia today. The most surprising aspect to this for some people was that Revere fetched a seemingly more substantial haul than...
Ben Revere will man center field in Citizens Bank Park when the Philadelphia Phillies take the field in 2013. The outfielder was acquired on Thursday from the Minnesota Twins for pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May.
The Phillies were one of a handful of teams who had interest in Revere. The 24-year-old Revere batted .294/.333/.342 last season. While he has blazing speed on the base...
The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired center fielder Ben Revere from the Twins, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Vance Worley and Trevor May wil be going back to Minnesota to complete the deal.
Revere hit .294/.333/.342 with 13 doubles, six triples, 32 RBIs, 40 stolen bases and 70 runs scored in 511 at-bats last season. He also carried a .333 on-base percentage and a .342...
Revere is an option for CF. (MLB)
-It appears we’re just waiting on a decision from Michael Young. A trade seems close according to Jim Salisbury at CSNPhilly.com, with the only hold up being Young’s no-trade clause, which comes from his 10-5 rights.
If Young is traded, look for the Rangers to pick up $10 million or more of his $16 million contract for 2013. There has been speculation...
Ruben Amaro surprised me today. Not only did he make a good trade (which he has done before), he also got a player that I didn't see us getting. Ben Revere is a good, young, talented player who doesn't cost much. Yes, the Phillies paid a price, but no, this...
If you thought the Twins outfield was rough defensively with Delmon, just wait until next year….
San Jose State did their walk through on the National Mall before they played Navy. Pretty cool stuff right here.
The Twins will keep Jared Burton for another couple of seasons.
Here is a look at the guy that the Twins acquired that wasn’t DJ Hey Beef.
Revere is an option for CF. (MLB)
-Thursday, 12:15pm: According to Todd Zolecki via Twitter, the Phillies have acquired Twins CF Ben Revere. Vance Worley is in the deal, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.
An executive told Zolecki, “If they get him, based on what’s available, they did all right.”
-Ben Revere has taken off in the last hour or so as a target...
According to multiple sources, including Todd Zolecki the Philadelphia Phillies have acquired Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins. Revere, 24, played in 124 games last season for the Minnesota Twins. He recorded 40 stolen bases, which his speed could help this Phillies team. Revere also had 32 RBI's, scored 70 times, as well as 150 hits and 13 doubles.
The Phillies have...
Minnesota acquired pitcher Vance Worley and minor-league pitching prospect Trevor May from the Philadelphia Phillies for outfielder Ben Revere, the Twins announced. Worley, 25, posted a 4.20 ERA in 133 innings for the Phillies in 2012, while suffering from a bone chip in his elbow for much of the season. He had surgery in September. Revere, 24, batted .294 with a .333 on-base...
When the Atlanta Braves won the B.J. Upton sweepstakes, outbidding their division rivals, there was pause in Philadelphia. When the first two days of baseball's winter meetings saw Angel Pagan and Shane Victorino also come off the free agent market, pause turned to panic. Who would the Phillies find to fill their center field void? Shortly after the Phillies brass departed...
• The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired right-handed pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere.
Worley, 25, went 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA in 23 starts for the Phillies last season. May, 23, went 10-13 with a 4.87 ERA in 28 starts at Double-A Reading last season. Revere, 24, appeared in 254 games for...
It's only fitting that a guy with the patriotic last name of Revere would wind up playing in Philadelphia. The Phillies gave up a lot to get Revere, so the expectations will be high for the new center fielder. Here's what to expect from the newest Phillie.