Minnesota Twins: Ben Revere
"On December 6, 2012, the Minnesota Twins traded Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies for Trevor May and Vance Worley."
There’s very little to discuss when looking for the most impactful trade between the Phillies and Brewers. They made 13 deals where players were simply purchased, and a handful of other deals that were simply conditional or waiver pickups.
I’m not counting the deal where the Phillies traded future manager Pete Mackanin for Paul Thormodsgard in 1971 either.
The one deal that does stick out is the 2012 Ben Revere trade.
A lot of fans never got that excited with Ben Revere, a speedy center fielder who could hit and play Gold Glove defense. He wasn’t super flashy, but he got the job done. What more could you ask from a player? I think in another era of Phillies baseball there would be more appreciation for what Revere did.
What exactly did Revere do? In three seasons with the Phillies, he hit .303 while playing nearly every game and stole 95 bases, including 49 in 2014. That same season he led the league with 184 hits.
As the leadoff hitter Revere didn’t drive in runs and on a bad team he didn’t score many runs despite a high on-base percentage and the ability to steal a bag at will. In three years he had only 71 RBI and never had more than 28 in a season with the Phillies.
He also made one of the greatest catches in Phillies history.
The Phillies did give up a lot for Revere at the time with the hopes of replacing Shane Victorino.
Trevor May was the big prospect who went in this deal, ranked fourth in the Phillies farm system in 2011 by MLB Pipeline. Like Carrasco, May was a late-bloomer with a 5.14 ERA in his first three seasons with the Twins. After a year away from the big league team May has turned into one of their best relievers with a 3.01 ERA in 89 games with 115 strikeouts.
Vance “The Vanimal” Worley was a fan-favorite who finished third in the Rookie of the Year race in 2011 when he won 11 games with a 3.01 ERA. Unfortunately for Worley his career never took off like it started and he’s bounced around the league. He had one of the best sinkers I’ve ever seen and picked up a ton of called third strikes with it.