Terry Ryan and company deserve a lot of credit for this deal.
In what started out as a situation that I thought was more speculation than concrete, the Minnesota Twins have done what I considered unthinkable for them: they have traded Ben Revere in addition to Denard Span. Two very good center fielders, two very good defenders in terms of defensive range; neither will be a part of the future in Minnesota.
In return for Revere, who had some of the best defensive range in all of baseball and who will be arbitration-eligible for the first time in 2014, the Twins are getting 25-year old starting pitcher Vance Worley and 23-year old Trevor May, who Baseball America rated as the game's #69 prospect going into 2012.
Worley will step into the 2013 rotation, which as of today would have to be: Worley, Scott Diamond, Nick Blackburn, Cole De Vries and probably Samuel Deduno. Still not good, but Worley is a definitive upgrade for the rotation who won't be a free agent until after the 2017 season.
In Trevor May the Twins have a pitcher whose most recent season included 149.2 innings at Double-A where he struck out 151 batters. He projects as a solid number two starter, and should spend all of 2013 in Triple-A Rochester.
This is a fantastic haul for the Twins, taking in two young, talented, and cost-controlled pitchers in return for a talented, young, but limited outfielder. Minnesota now needs to figure out how they'll man center field next summer, since Aaron Hicks seems unlikely to be ready before 2014 at the earliest, but you never know. Right now, however, it looks like Darin Mastroianni will be your Opening Day center fielder.