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)
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:
3RD BASE: Pedro Alvarez
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)