Facing one of their most critical offseasons in recent memory, the Orioles made a minor move Tuesday by claiming right-handed pitcher Vance Worley from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In 2015, the 28-year-old Worley went 4-6 with a 4.02 ERA in 71 2/3 innings for the Pirates with 15 of his 23 appearances coming in relief. Owning a career 3.79 ERA in parts of six major league seasons, Worley is a depth acquisition who could pitch in relief or possibly compete for the No. 5 starter spot.
His best season came in 2014 when he pitched to a 2.85 ERA in 18 games (17 starts) for the Pirates. Worley also posted a 3.01 ERA in 131 2/3 innings for the Phillies in 2011, but he pitched to a 7.21 ERA in 48 2/3 innings with Minnesota in 2013, his lone season in the American League.
The right-hander has only averaged 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings in his career, but his 2.7 walks per nine and 0.8 home runs allowed per nine make him worthy of a look if his financial demands are within reason.
A 2008 third-round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies, Worley made $2.45 million this past season and is eligible for arbitration this winter.
To make room for Worley on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Jorge Rondon was designated for assignment.