BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates on Tuesday acquired right-hander Vance Worley from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for cash.
Worley, 26, is on a minor league contract. The Twins had sent him outright off the 40-man roster Friday.
Worley has spent parts of four seasons in the majors with the Twins and Philadelphia Phillies. His best season came in 2011, when he made 21 starts for the Phillies, had a 3.01 ERA and finished third in rookie of the year voting.
In 10 starts for the Twins in 2013, Worley struck out 25 and walked 15 in 482/3 innings, compiling a 7.21 ERA. He had better success in nine starts at Class AAA Rochester, but still allowed more than a hit per inning.
The Phillies drafted him twice, once in the 20th round out of high school in 2005 and in the third round in '08 out of Cal State-Long Beach.