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Phils nab Twins' Revere at meetings' end

12/06/2012 6:08 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The Winter Meetings concluded on Thursday, and shortly before their conclusion, the Phillies struck a deal to fill one of the holes in their starting lineup – just not the big one they were rumored to be filling.

Philadelphia's potential trade for Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young fell through, but they rebounded by striking a deal with Minnesota, acquiring center fielder Ben Revere in exchange for RHPs Vance Worley and Trevor May.

Revere, 24, hit .294 with 40 stolen bases for the Twins last season, and will fill the full-time vacancy created when the Phillies traded Shane Victorino to the Dodgers last July. Philadelphia had pursued free agents B.J. Upton (who left Tampa Bay for Atlanta) and Angel Pagan (who re-signed with San Francisco) for that spot, but in the end, GM Ruben Amaro said he "dealt from strength" to acquire a player who has "great energy" and is a "fantastic defender."

In return for Revere, Minnesota gets a promising young starter in Worley (6-9, 4.20 in 23 starts last year) and a top prospect in May, who entered 2012 as the Phillies’ No. 1 farmhand and went 10-13 with a 4.87 ERA at Double-A Reading. Worley missed the final month of the season after having elbow surgery in September, but is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

A couple of ex-Yankees also found new homes in the waning hours of the Meetings, as Houston claimed RHP Mickey Storey off waivers from the Bombers and catcher Gustavo Molina signed a Minor League deal with Colorado.

Molina, 30, was with the Yankees organization for the last two seasons, logging three games behind the plate in the Bronx in early 2011 before spending the rest of his time at either Double-A Trenton or Triple-A Scranton.

Storey, meanwhile, is headed back to Houston after a short 10-day stint with the Bombers; the 26-year-old was designated for assignment by Houston last month and claimed by the Yankees, but was jettisoned again last Friday to make roster room when the Bombers re-signed Mariano Rivera.

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