Did the Phillies Fleece the Twins on the Ben Revere Trade?

Did the Phillies Fleece the Twins on the Ben Revere Trade?

The Phillies gave up two players – an 11-game winner and a prospect – to acquire Ben Revere, a shaky centerfielder with a .304 on-base percentage and zero power. Apparently in Minnesota that’s considered stealing.

Tom Powers, columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, admits it’s a tad premature to pass final judgment on the swap that sent Revere to Philly in exchange for Vance Worley and prospects, but so far it looks like the Twins had their pockets picked. Worley has since sunk back to the minors, and Trevor May is still at Double A.

At least the Phillies are getting a lot of innings out of Revere, whose four-hit night against his former team on Thursday helped prevent the Fightins from being swept in that series. As of right now, the Twins have nothing to show for the move, nor the one that sent Denard Span to the Nationals for that matter.

Powers grieves:

Now it's possible, maybe even likely, that [Alex] Meyer and May become solid major league starters. And [Eric] Hicks could develop into an exceptional player. If, perchance, maybe, perhaps. But we have to be fair and give it time. However, it is fair to make short-term appraisals as long as we keep an eye on the long term. And, again, my short-term appraisal is: dreadful.

This wouldn't be so hard to take if Worley hadn't been such a disaster. The Opening Day starter, and touted as the linchpin of the rotation, Worley's earned-run average had ballooned to 7.21 before he got the boot to Rochester. Worley and May came over for Revere. Meyer was straight up for Span.

Worley could regain his form in the minors. We'll add him to the list of ifs and maybes. At some glorious juncture, all these guys could be up with the big club and making a splash.

But as it stands right now, and as short term as it may be, these trades rate a big "yuck." Of course, we'll check back later.

Unless Worley – 1-3 with a 4.74 ERA at Triple A this year – is never making it back to the Majors, Phillies fans might find it hard to describe the deal as a fleece job. Revere hasn’t been a disaster, but he’s a leadoff hitter who doesn’t get on base enough, an outfielder who misjudges fly balls and doesn’t have the arm to compensate.

He’s not exactly making folks forget about Shane Victorino.

That said, the Phils are definitely coming out on the winning end of the trade so far. Revere is still prone to defensive miscues, but his speed is a weapon for the starting lineup. Worley looks like a shell of the pitcher who was the second runner-up for NL Rookie of the Year in 2011, while May is an afterthought.

I suppose congratulations are in order for Ruben Amaro. It appears he may have successfully got one over on another GM – for now anyway.

>> Twins getting fleeced on offseason moves [Pioneer Press]

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

After being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Friday's win (see story), Maikel Franco will not play today. Instead, Andres Blanco will take his place, hitting third in the lineup. Blanco was 2 for 2 replacing Franco in the third inning on Friday, with an RBI and a run scored. 

Blanco has been reliable when called upon this season, hitting .264 with a .317 OBP in mostly a utility role.

Other than that, the lineup remains the same as Friday.

Peter Bourjos will leadoff after going 0 for 5 last night, followed by Odubel Herrara. After an All-Star first half, Herrara has hit .211 in July, but seemed to get back on track with three hits on Friday, while scoring two runs. 

After a brutal stretch of games and an extended All-Star break, Aaron Nola returned to form vs. the Marlins last week, tossing six shutout innings. Nola again looks to prove the doubters wrong again today vs. the Pirates, who he has never faced in his brief career. 

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Peter Bourjos RF
2. Odubel Herrera CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Cody Asche LF
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P

 

Yeah, Joel Embiid is healthy

Yeah, Joel Embiid is healthy

Have any doubts about Joel Embiid's health?

Well take a look at this. 

Working on rips into quick spins with the brodie @joelembiid! #100skills100days #unseenhours @adidashoops

A video posted by Drew Hanlen (@drewhanlen) on

How about now?

Of course, this isn't live NBA action, and it is against 5-11 Drew Hanlen, a skills coach and consultant, but it's impressive nonetheless.

 

Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley is jumping on the Sixers bandwagon.

"I think the Sixers gonna get really good, really quickly, but it all depends on (Joel) Embiid," Barkley said. "They're not gonna win a championship the next couple years, but I think they can really become a perrenial playoff team in the next three years."

Sounds good, right? Not so fast. There are a lot of "ifs" according to Barkley. 

Most of those "ifs" ride on the health of center Joel Embiid. If the big man gets healthy, and the Sixers can resolve the "glutton of big guys," Barkley likes the Sixers chances.

"I think the most important thing they need to figure out is if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. ... I like (Jahlil) Okafor and I like (Nerlens) Noel, but they gotta figure out if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. 

"I like Ben Simmons, but that team's got a long way to go," Barkley said.

To hear more of Barkley's thoughts on the Sixers' future, watch the full video above.