Here’s a little bit of bar trivia for you to bust out with your baseball fan buddies a few years from now.
Who was the Opening Day starter for the Minnesota Twins in 2013?
That would Vance Worley, acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies last off-season in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere. Unfortunately the designation of Opening Day starter did not yield any of the success promised, as Worley’s tenure has been nothing short of disastrous (1-5 with a 7.21 ERA in 10 starts last year).
This week the Twins outrighted him to the minor leagues after he cleared waivers. Even with that lack of interest when he was available, Nick Cafardo believes that the Twins might still look to deal Worley. To whom? Possibly his old team, the Philadelphia Phillies.
Worley was 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA in 2011, but couldn’t get out of his own way last season. The Twins may still deal Worley, and a return to the Phillies would not be out of the question.”
That is consistent with the report this week that the Phillies would like to add starting pitching. Still just 26 years old, Worley could still have something to offer Philadelphia or another team. Those teams will just have to understand that he is now a project instead of a big league ready pitcher.