As the winter meetings wound down Thursday morning, the Philadelphia Phillies made a significant move to upgrade their outfield and were close to solving their third-base problem.
They acquired center fielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for two pitchers – 25-year-old right-hander Vance Worley and 23-year-old right-hander Trevor May. Worley is 18-13 with a 3.50 ERA in parts of three seasons for the Phillies. May, among the Phillies’ top prospects, pitched in Double-A last season.
Also, they were in negotiations to acquire veteran third baseman Michael Young from the Texas Rangers. Young has no-trade protection and was believed to be considering waiving that right in order to join the Phillies.
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Revere, 24, was going to be the Twins' center fielder after Denard Span was traded to the Washington Nationals for prospect Alex Meyer last month. The Twins are endeavoring to restock their organization with pitchers, but must now address center field.
The Phillies had watched several center fielders move in recent weeks, and were believed to be considering free agent Michael Bourn. They pursued B.J. Upton, who signed with the Atlanta Braves.
"Ben is an outstanding, young, [contractually] controllable center field who nicely fits our club," Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement.
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