Worley, 28, is set to be eligible for arbitration for the second time. He earned $2.45MM last year as a Super Two player. Pittsburgh enjoyed a stunning turnaround season from Worley in 2014, as he contributed 110 2/3 innings of 2.85 ERA ball and set himself up for the aforementioned arb payday.
But Worley didn’t quite follow through last year, as he worked to a 4.02 ERA in 71 2/3 frames. Rises in his walk rate (2.6 BB/9, up from 1.8) and BABIP (.024 points higher) were contributors to that change. Worley ultimately made just eight starts for Pittsburgh.
Baltimore executive VP of baseball operations Dan Duquette explained that the club will wait to decide how best to utilize Worley, as Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports (Twitter links). “He’s had a couple good years,” said Duquette. “He’s durable, a good competitor, has good control. He’s just a dependable major league pitcher.”
In Rondon, the Orioles are giving up on a reliever who had not done much in limited chances at the MLB level, but who put up a promising 2.23 ERA over 60 2/3 innings at Triple-A last year (with 7.4 K/9 against 2.8 BB/9). Baltimore had claimed him early last year off waivers from the Rockies.