Incase you missed it earlier, the Orioles acquired former Rule-5 draft pick Logan Verrett, in a deal that sent cash considerations to the New York Mets. With the trade, the Mets clear a 40-man roster spot for the recently signed Yoenis Cespedes.
Verrett with the O’s in 2015, appeared in nine Spring Training games, pitching 14 innings, and allowing a 1.93 ERA. He struck out 12, walked two, and had a 1.14 WHIP.
According to Roch Kubatko, the Orioles liked what they saw in Verrett, however, he was claimed off of waivers by the Rangers, who later returned him to the Mets.
With this acquisition of Verrett, Twitter automatically said good-bye to Vance Worley, who is already a non-tender candidate.
The Orioles have until Friday to decide to tender Worley a contract, otherwise he will become a non-tender free agent. Of course, if there isn’t a deal reach by 12:01 Thursday morning (December 1), those non-tender candidates could be in limbo, as you can read here on MLBTradeRumors.
Would the loss of Vance Worley be evened out with this acquisition of Logan Verrett?
Verrett, who as I said appeared in 35 games in 2016 with the Mets. Worley, appeared in, go figure, 35 games with the Orioles.
Worley’s runners LOB percentage was 79.7%, compared to Verrett’s 73.8%.
In terms of WPA (Win Probability Added), Verrett was a -1.98, compared to Worley at -0.60.
On pitches outside of the strike-zone, batters facing Verrett made contact just 62.6% of the time, compared to against Worley, with hitters making contact on 81.2% of pitches out of the zone.
Verrett threw his fastball 56.2% of the time last season, with an average velocity of 90.2. Worley threw his fastball 61.4% of the time, with an 89.2 average velocity.
Verrett has seven letters, Worley has six.
When facing left-handed batters, Verrett allowed a .273 average, and Worley allowed a .257.
Against right-handed batters, Verrett allowed a .284, and Worley allowed a .257.
It’s not completely out of the question that the Orioles won’t tended Worley a contract. Along with Ryan Flaherty, and TJ McFarland, Worley makes up the other third of the Orioles three non-tender candidates this offseason.
TJ McFarland struggled this past season, going 2-2, in 16 appearances. In that time frame, McFarland pitched 24.2 innings, allowing ten walks, striking out seven, and allowing a 6.93 ERA.
McFarland at the Triple-A level appeared in eight games (starting four) and pitching to a 1-1 record, with a 4.44 ERA.
It would not be uncommon for the Orioles to tender contracts to Ryan Flaherty, and Vance Worley, while non-tendering McFarland, and allowing him to become a free agent.
The offseason is just heating up folks.