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March 25, 2014

News and notes: Pirates Acquire SP Vance Worley, Roster takes shape

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The Pirates have acquired SP Vance Worley from the Twins for cash considerations. Worley, 26, has had MLB success with the Phillies, and pitched 2 games for them in the 2011 NLDS. He was hit hard last year postings 7.21 ERA in 48.2 innings for the Twins, Worley saw a drastic decrease in K/9 and was plagued by an unsustainably high .401 BABIP, 15.5 FB/HR%, and low 65.2 LOB%. Worley induces ground balls at a high rate and has good control. Worley is a great no risk, high reward type pickup for the Pirates. He will begin the season with AAA Indianapolis.

Worley’s career stats (fWAR)

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Pirates Roster Takes Shape:

The Pirates are one step closer to finalizing their Opening Day roster after cutting 11 players Tuesday morning. Most cuts were expected, but Andrew Lambo being cut came as a bit of a surprise to many. The Pirates still have 8 relievers for 7 spots, look for the Pirates to try to trade a reliever this week.

Here are the remaining 30 players in the Pirates MLB camp:

CATCHER: Russell Martin, Chris Stewart (will be on DL), Tony Sanchez, Nevin Ashley (will start in Indy)

1ST BASE: Gaby Sanchez, Travis Ishikawa (a trade could be made to add a 1B this week)

2ND BASE: Neil Walker, Josh Harrison (utility infielder, will also see time as 5th OF)

3RD BASE: Pedro Alvarez

SHORTSTOP: Jordy Mercer, Clint Barmes

OUTFIELD: Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, Jose Tabata, Travis Snider

STARTERS: Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton, Wandy Rodriguez, Edison Volquez, Jeff Locke (will start in Indy), Brandon Cumpton (will start in Indy), Andy Oliver (will be put on waivers this week)

RELIEVERS: Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, Justin Wilson, Tony Watson, Stolmy Pimentel, Bryan Morris, Jeanmar Gomez, Vin Mazzaro

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