FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins traded right-hander Vance Worley to the Pirates for cash considerations, the club announced Tuesday.
Worley, who is out of Minor League options, was outrighted off the 40-man roster on Friday after going unclaimed on waivers. With Worley off the roster, the Pirates don't have to add him to their 40-man roster.
Worley, 26, posted a 7.21 ERA in 10 starts in his first season with the Twins last year, and he struggled again this spring with a 13.50 ERA in four Grapefruit League appearances. He entered the spring in the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation but was placed on waivers after he gave up seven runs on 11 hits, including six doubles, against the Rays in his final Grapefruit League start on March 18.
Worley was Minnesota's Opening Day starter last season after he was acquired in the trade that also brought right-hander Trevor May to Minnesota from Philadelphia for outfielder Ben Revere.
Worley had a 3.50 ERA in 277 2/3 innings with the Phillies in his first three years of his career before being traded to the Twins.
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