La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Twins trade Ben Revere to the Phillies for two pitchers

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: December 6, 2012 - 1:58 PM

The Twins have traded outfielder Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for starting pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May, the club announced this morning..

In 23 starts last season, Worley, 25, was 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA, but he has been considered one of the Phillies top pitching prospects in recent years. In 2011, Worley was 11-3, 3.01 with 119 strikeouts in 131 innings. He was a third-round pick by the Phillies in 2008.

May, 23, was 10-13, 4.87 in 28 starts at Class AA Reading last season. He was the Phillies minor league pitcher of the year in 2011 and was ranked as the Phillies' second best prospect by MLB.com.

The Twins have traded their top two center fielders in Revere and Denard Span in a span of eight days. There were rumblings late last night at the Opryland Hotel that the Twins are willing to give prospect Aaron Hicks a chance to play in center field in 2013 but they might just go with Darin Mastroianni. 

May clearly has more upside than Worley, with nice strikeout totals in the minors. In May and Alex Meyer, the Twins have two pitching prospects who could debut during the season or challenge for a spot in the rotation in 2014.

Twins GM Terry Ryan said that Darin Mastroianni, Joe Benson and Aaron Hicks could will get a shot to play center next season. Benson is coming off of a lost season in which he struggled at the plate and had two surgeries. Hicks made strides last season but hasn't played above Class AA. Draw your conclusions there.

And Ryan still claims the club hasn't punted on 2013 - although there is a gaping hole at the top two spots in the batting order and in center field.

Once again, the Twins made a move that makes you want to fast forward to 2015.

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