The Keystone State, Quaker State, Coal State, Oil State or the State of Independence, no matter what nickname you call it the Vanimal is back there. That sentence without any nicknames: Vance Worley is back in the state of Pennsylvania.
The Minnesota Twins announced on Tuesday afternoon, that the team had dealt last year’s Opening Day starter Vance Worley to, who’s become a very common trade partner for the Twins, the Pittsburgh Pirates. What did the Twins get in return? Cash considerations, of course, but I like to believe that ‘cash considerations’ is just the politically correct way to say a couple of bats and a bucket of balls.
This all comes after Vance Worley was just on waivers for any team to grab on Friday, but passed and the Twins were allowed to send him to Triple-A Rochester. This move does allow the Pirates to send him to Triple-A, which they did. Which is probably a smart idea with Worley having a 13.50 ERA this spring.
The trade closes the book on Worley’s career as a Twin, unless he goes all Matt Guerrier on us, after being traded to the Twins just a season ago in the trade that sent Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies. Minnesota now only has Trevor May to show directly for the trade.
Worley finishes his Twins with 10 career starts, including an Opening Day start, a 7.21 ERA and a record of 1-5. The right-hander only pitched 48.2 innings in those ten starts or a nasty 4.8 innings per start.
Remember how we all drank that Vance Worley Kool-Aid? I guess Kool-Aid spoils.