Twins trade pitcher Vance Worley to Pirates for cash

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Vance Worley is headed to Pittsburgh.
Vance Worley is headed to Pittsburgh. (USATSI)

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Right-hander Vance Worley was the Twins' opening day starting pitcher last season. This time around, he was outrighted from the roster Friday and has now been traded to the Pirates for cash considerations. The two clubs made the official announcement Tuesday afternoon.

Worley, 26, was a pretty serious flop in his time with Minnesota. After being acquired in the trade that sent center fielder Ben Revere to the Phillies, he was 1-5 with a 7.21 ERA and 1.99 WHIP in 10 starts last season at the big-league level. He made nine starts in Triple-A, where he was 6-3 with a 3.88 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. Then, this spring, Worley had a 13.50 ERA and 2.53 WHIP in 10 2/3 innings before the Twins gave up on him.

As for the Pirates, they have a solid top four in the rotation in Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, Wandy Rodriguez and Charlie Morton -- but they follow that up with a question mark in Edinson Volquez. They'll look to see if Worley can return to his 2011 form, when he was 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 119 strikeouts in 131 2/3 innings for the Phillies.

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