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The Twins trade Vance Worley to the Pirates for cash

Mar 25, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT

Nota big trade, but a trade anyway:

Worley was the Twins’ Opening Day starter last year. But he was miserable in 2013, 1-5 with a 7.21 ERA and suffering with arm problems. Last week the Twins waived him and he went unclaimed, and he was slated for the minors.

As an upside play, not a terrible one for the Pirates. They can stash him in the minors and see if he remembers that he used to be a halfway decent starter in the National League in 2011 and 2012. If he figures it out, great. He was almost free. If he doesn’t, great, he was almost free.

  1. nicofthenorthstar - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    The Twins way.
    That cash will not be invested back in the roster and Worley will exceed expectations having broken free of the farm team.

    • baseballisboring - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      How much cash do you really think they’re getting for him? You think, like, a couple hundred grand is gonna turn the 2014 Twins into contenders?

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:51 AM

        Twins: “Hey do you have any interest in Vance “Vanimal” Worley?

        Pirates: “Not a whole lot, but what are you asking for?”

        Twins: “What do you have in your pocket?”

        Pirates: “42 cents after I purchased a soda at the 7-11 down the road”

        Twins: “He’s yours.”

  2. happytwinsfan - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    i don’t understand this at all. couldn’t the twins have “stashed him in the minors”? why did the nats pay for him when they could have claimed him off waivers? couldn’t the twins have gotten at least a single A long shot prospect or something for him? is this the “twins way” or the “nats way”?

    • Bryz - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      If the Pirates had claimed him, it would have been required for him to be added to the 40-man roster. With this trade, the Pirates can stash him in the minors without using one of those roster spots.

      • happytwinsfan - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:41 PM

        thank you, i was honestly wondering.

        so the pirates were being smart while the twins were being dumb. if i understand right since he cleared waivers the twins could have stashed him in the minors. why did they feel the need to collect a relative pittance in the scheme of things for a player who although he will probably never have success in the majors again is still someone who has been successful in the majors. why did they take monetary pittance instead of at least player flyer when their opening day payroll is only two million more than last year while they haul in 20 – 30 million more dollars in shared tv revenues than last year. and this crap less than a week before opening day.

        must i change my name to hypercriticalcranktwinsfan?

    • Cris E - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:55 AM

      One of the reasons players love being in the Twins system is that they are frequently treated pretty well when it comes to little things like this. Thome was traded to a playoff team at the end of his season in MIN. Albers was freed to try Korea. A couple weeks ago Joe Benson got a call from Terry Ryan out of the blue to explain why he wasn’t a good fit with the team this spring but keep working and he’ll catch a break. There are many aspects to “The Twins Way”, but under Terry Ryan this nice stuff was always part of it.

      In this case Worley was terrible in MN, and even if he managed to turn things around after they dumped his carcass in Rochester to see if it still bounced he was going to be behind a couple other guys. He had essentially no baseball value to them, but in PIT he was going to get a better chance so they moved him. Cost them nothing and gives him a break. It’s nice.

  3. nsstlfan - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Happytwinsfan he was traded to the Pirates not the Nats

    • happytwinsfan - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      whoops. i wasn’t seeing well through my tears of rage

  4. penguins87and71 - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Decent pickup for the Pirates, low risk high reward for them.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      high reward? the only thing high thing Vanimal gives them, is tape measure shots the opposing pitcher will launch on him.

  5. musketmaniac - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    As strong as rotation was, we still used how many starters last year.

  6. musketmaniac - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    A.j., wandy, jmac, Locke, Sanchez, Gomez, Irwin, Liriano, Morton, Cole, cumpton, and Johnson. Nice pickup.

  7. strictlythedanks - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Another bogus twins trade to acquire him in the first place

    • undeadjesus - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      We still have to see what Trevor May turns into before we start to talk about if that was a bad trade or not. He may not become a starter but solid arms for the bullpen are valuable as well. The trade also happened in a time of extremely bad pitching for the Twins so things had to be done. Revere was expendable and really not that huge of a loss. It just sucks that he’s a decent lead off hitter and now here the Twins sit with no clear-cut lead off guy emerging. Their offense would look a lot better going into this season is Revere was still at the top of the order.

    • Cris E - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:59 AM

      It was a decent bet. He’d been good but hit a rough patch. It seemed like there was an explanation for the dip when he got his elbow cleaned out, so there was a reasonable expectation that he’d bounce back. It didn’t work out yet, but remember he’s only like 26 so there’s plenty of time to work on things in AAA. Seemed like a good guy, so good luck.

  8. dethrone408 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Billy Beane should have tried to acquire him for the A’s

  9. greatmiamisportsmind - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Twins fans are acting like they just traded Nolan Ryan in his prime. Apparently they forgot about last season, then again, I’d like to forget about both the Twins and Marlins seasons last year

  10. ejheim62 - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    as a Pirates fan, hoping this turns out to be another ex-Twins pitcher that does well for us. By the way, we’ll keep Liriano if that’s ok with you Twins fans, lol.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      lol the joke will be on you this year. you’ll see vintage Liriano. 3 IP, 7 R, 13 H, 5 W, 1 K. Get used to seeing that box score on a regular basis.

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