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Thursday, December 6, 2012

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: BEN REVERE TO THE PHILLIES FOR VANCE WORLEY

The Winter Meetings are in the books but the deals continue to come down the pike in rapid succession.  The latest is the Minnesota Twins dealing speedy leadoff hitter Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies for SP Vance Worley and RP Trevor May.  Let's take a look at how this trade impacts the upcoming fantasy baseball values for those involved.

Ben Revere:  Revere is the classic case of how you can wait on drafting stolen bases each and every season.  Instead of wasting a high pick on Michael Bourn, every season there are guys sitting there at the end of drafts and on the waiver wire who can supply a boatload of steals for pennies on the dollar.  Revere is one of those players and 2012 was a very good season for what he does as he batted .294 with 40 stolen bases.  A perennial .300 hitter in the minors, Revere is a guy who will continue to put up very good averages while stealing 40 or more bags.  His draft price will be dirt cheap once again in 2013 as he doesn't offer much of anything in home runs and RBI which many will hold against him.  Ultimately Revere plays much better in five outfielder formats but in three outfielder formats he has worth as long as your other two guys at the position are supplying pop.

Vance Worley:  You all heard here going back to last spring training about how the 2011 version of Worley (3.01 ERA/1.23 WHIP) was one big fluke as he had ridiculous luck with the batted ball and so we clearly went out and labeled him a draft bust for 2012.  Well Worley went along with our prediction as he pitched horrible for a good chunk of the season and finished with a 4.20 ERA and a ghastly 1.51 WHIP.  He now goes to the American League (albeit in a great pitcher's park in Target Field) where his numbers will once again be mediocre at best.  We don't like Worley in anything but the deepest of formats and even there he is a poor investment.  Leave him be.

There you have it.  Our colleague Eric C. Wright is on his way back home after all of the action at the Winter Meetings and we will continue to bring you all the latest news that hits the wire.

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