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]

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.