The Marlins signed right-hander Vance Worley to a minor league deal Sunday, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. The deal is reportedly pending a physical.
Worley was in spring training camp with the Nationals but was unable to earn a spot on the minor league roster. He will open the year in Triple-A New Orleans, giving the Marlins valuable pitching depth.
Over 86.2 innings with the Orioles last season, Worley pitched to a 3.53 ERA and 4.82 FIP.
Beyond left-hander Justin Nicolino, the Marlins don’t have much minor league starting pitching depth. As a result, the club was “aggressively pursuing” Worley, according to Frisaro.
Edinson Volquez, Tom Koehler, Dan Straily, Wei-Yin Chen and Adam Conley all earned rotation spots, but the addition of Worley gives the Marlins another starting option to turn to.
Worley is familiar pitching in the National League East, as he spent the first three seasons of his career with the Phillies.