Vance Worley made 35 appearances for the Baltimore Orioles, four as a starter, putting up a 3.53 ERA, a 4.82 FIP, 35 walks (3.63 BB/9) and 56 Ks (5.82 K/9) in 86 2⁄3 innings. He signed a $2.6M deal with Baltimore, avoiding arbitration after the Orioles claimed the seven-year veteran off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Worley, 29, agreed to a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals today, as the Nats announced on Twitter this afternoon. Worley also received an invitation to Spring Training.
The 2008 Phillies’ third round pick has pitched for Philadelphia, the Minnesota Twins, Pirates and Orioles in his career, posting a 3.75 ERA, 3.92 FIP, 2.87 BB/9 and 6.76 K/9 over 139 career appearances (85 starts).
Worley held left-handed hitters to a combined .257/.351/.412 line and right-handers to a .257/.323/.408 line last season, and has had similar splits over the course of his career (.266/.343/.404 vs LHBs; .276/.328/.430 vs RHBs).
After starting for the majority of his first five seasons in the majors, Worley has moved into a relief role in the last two seasons. He has a 3.09 ERA, 4.48 FIP, 3.17 BB/9 and 6.34 K/9 as a reliever, holding opposing hitters to a .255/.325/.403 line.
NATS SIGN GRANT GREEN: The Nationals also announced a minor league deal with Grant Green on Friday night. Green, 29, played for the San Francisco Giants last season and he put up a .261/.300/.370 line, two doubles and and a home run in 18 games and 50 PAs in the majors and a .319/.336/.454 line, 18 doubles, four triples and seven home runs in 94 game and 364 PAs at Triple-A in the Giants’ system.
Green, an ‘09 Oakland Athletics’ first-round pick, has a .310/.352/.468 line in the minors in eight seasons and a .251/.286/.339 line in 127 games and 350 PAs in the majors with the A’s, LA Angels and Giants.