Vance Worley spent the 2015 season pitching for the Pirates, but was designated for assignment and claimed by the Orioles in late October. Worley entered the 2016 season in contention for the team's fifth starting spot, and though he did make four starts during the season, his main role was as the team's primary long relief option. Though the numbers won't blow anyone away, the 29-year-old journeyman on a $2.3 million salary proved to be of solid value for the O's. In mop-up duty for one of the league's worst starting rotations, Worley was able to post a 3.53 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 56:35 K:BB over a much-needed 86.2 innings. Non-tendered by the Orioles during the winter, Worley was forced to take a minor league contract with the Nationals and will likely compete for a spot as a long reliever during spring training.
Worley agreed to a minor-league deal with the Marlins on Sunday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. The deal is still pending a physical, but if everything checks out, it appears that Worley will open the season with Triple-A New Orleans. The 29-year-old was recently released by the Nationals after posting a 4.80 ERA over 15.0 innings this spring. He'll serve as organizational pitching depth for the Marlins in 2017.
The Nationals released Worley on Wednesday, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports. Worley, a non-roster invitee, was in the hunt for a long-relief role with the Nationals, but it looks like Jeremy Guthrie, who remains in camp, will assume that role if Washington elects to keep a long man. The 29-year-old Worley hurt his chances by coughing up nine runs on 16 hits in 15 innings during Grapefruit League play, while also turning in a 6:6 K:BB ratio. He could draw interest from other organizations as a swingman, but he'll likely have to settle for a minor-league contract wherever he lands.
Worley signed a minor league contract with the Nationals on Saturday that includes an invitation to spring training, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. The righty was serviceable for Baltimore last season, posting a 3.53 ERA in 35 appearances (four starts), although also posting a weak 5.8 K/9 in the process. The 29-year-old began his career as a started but has primarily worked out of the bullpen in recent years. If he makes the big league roster, he will likely feature as a long reliever, with potential for some spot-starts.
Worley was not tendered a contract by the Orioles and became a free agent Friday. Worley was serviceable in his lone season in Baltimore, with a 3.53 ERA in 35 appearances (four starts), but he sported a low 5.8 K/9 and a 4.87 FIP that suggested he benefitted from some good luck. The 29-year-old began his career as a starter but he's been primarily working out of the bullpen the past couple of seasons, so he could attract some interested parties on the open market looking for a swing man or a longer relief option.
Worley threw two shutout innings in relief during Tuesday's loss to the Red Sox. Worley has made four starts and 23 appearances from the bullpen this season. He pitched in relief of an ineffective Yovani Gallardo, who now has 46 walks in 83.1 innings. Worley has tailed off a bit since drawing a 0.54 ERA for the month of May. Since the All-Star break, Worley has a .160 average against, but he has 10 walks and 11 strikeouts in 23 innings. The Orioles might consider a rotation change, but it is more likely the club is looking for waiver trade candidates before thinking about inserting Worley in the rotation.
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