The @Twins have traded RHP Vance Worley to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash.— Dustin Morse (@Twins_morsecode) March 25, 2014
Worley was 25 when the Twins acquired him and Trevor May in return for Ben Revere. At the time, Worley had a 3.50 ERA in 277.2 innings, finishing in third for National League Rookie of the Year in 2011, was under team control for four more seasons, and was pegged as a pitcher who could first help stabilize the rotation and then go on to be a long-term building block. There were some flags regarding swinging strikes and command when he came in Minnesota in December of 2012, but nobody could have imagined he'd tumble as far as he has.
In ten starts with the Twins, Worley notched three quality starts but notched a Game Score higher than 60 just once. That's what happens when you give up hits like you're putting the ball on a tee.
Pittsburgh gets another reclamation project. The Twins get some cash. And it looks like Rochester's rotation candidates will be Trevor May, Alex Meyer, Logan Darnell, Kris Johnson, Pat Dean, Virgil Vasquez, and possibly Scott Diamond.