In the offseason prior to the beginning of the 2013 campaign, the Minnesota Twins dealt speedy outfielder Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies and received Vance Worley and Trevor May in return. Although May was the coveted prospect in the deal, it was Worley that made the first impact. He is no longer with the Twins, and after a decent year with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he is now getting paid as well.
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After compiling a 2.85 ERA in his first season with the Pirates, Worley was expecting a larger payday that the Pirates had initially offered him. Arguing for a raise bringing his salary north of $2 million, Vance Worley ended up winning his arbitration case yesterday.
The boost gives Worley roughly a $500k increase heading into the 2015 season. At 27 years old, Worley was a first time eligible Super Two player this offseason, and he is under team control until after the 2018 season.
With the Twins, Worley struggled mightily after showing promise early in his career with the Phillies. An ERA that eventually climbed north of 7.00, the Twins sent the Vanimal down to Triple-A and he never resurfaced with the big league club.
Upon joining the Pirates organization, Vance Worley was able to make use of a fresch change of scenery as well as a re-emergence in the National League. Losing Edinson Volquez in free agency, the Pirates will rely on Worley to an even higher extent in the 2015 season.