By Jason Shetler
The Baltimore Orioles have claimed Vance Worley off waivers from the Pirates, this according to the Orioles Twitter account.
The Pirates acquired Worley from the Minnesota Twins in Spring Training of 2014 with the intention of being a reclamation project. He started off that season pitching for AAA Indianapolis. Worley was called up to Pittsburgh midseason, and provided a shot in the arm for the rotation, as he posted a 2.85 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP in 110.2 innings pitched. He also had a 1.6 WAR, which was the third best mark among Pirates pitchers.
Worley seemed like a sure bet to be the Pirates fifth starter entering 2015, but surprisingly lost out to Jeff Locke. He wound up being placed in the rotation anyway with Charlie Morton beginning the year on the DL. Once Morton returned, Worley was moved to the bullpen. The Pirates designated Worley for assignment when Joe Blanton was acquired from the Kansas City Royals a couple days before the trade deadline. After accepting an outright assignment to Indianapolis, Worley rejoined the Pirates bullpen as a September call up. In 71.2 innings total with the Bucs, he posted a 4.02 ERA along with a 1.42 WHIP. Worley was expected to be a non-tender candidate by the Pirates, as he would have made more than the $2.45 million for next season.