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Report: Marlins sign Vance Worley to minor league deal

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Right-hander Vance Worley has signed a minor league deal with the Marlins, according to reports from MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. The righty is expected to join the rotation in Triple-A New Orleans pending completion of a physical.

Worley, 29, completed a one-year stint with the Orioles in 2016, during which he pitched to a 3.53 ERA, 3.6 BB/9 and 5.8 SO/9 in 86 2/3 innings out of the rotation and bullpen. He signed a minor league pact with the Nationals in January, but was released at the end of camp after putting up a 4.80 ERA in eight spring training appearances.

Further comments from Frisaro indicate that the right-hander was “aggressively pursued” by the Marlins when he became available last week, and the prevailing thought is that he’ll provide some much-needed depth for a fairly weak rotation this season. He’ll join Justin Nicolino, Severino Gonzalez, Stephen Fife and Scott Copeland in Triple-A, though there may be a major league role for the veteran swingman in the weeks to come.

Rays sign Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal

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The Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal worth $4 million.

Gomez hit .255/.340/.462 with 17 homers in 105 games for the Rangers last year. He missed time due to various ailments, as he has frequently over the past several years, playing 118 games in 2016 and 115 games in 2015. He’s useful when healthy. He just has to find a way to stay healthy.

The Rays just traded away Steven Souza and designated Corey Dickerson for assignment, making room for Gomez. Dickerson was slated to make $5.95 million and, if he is not traded, the Rays will be on the hook for $1 million of that. Souza was making $3.55 million. Gomez will work in the outfield corner rotation with Denard Span and Mallex Smith, while Kevin Kiermaier will cover center.