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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.

Braves senior advisor John Hart Resigns

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Braves senior advisor John Hart announced his resignation today.

Hart, who was once the team’s GM, then returned to the role on an interim basis following the dismissal of John Coppolella in the wake of MLB’s investigation into the team’s practices in Latin America. With the hiring of Alex Anthopoulos as the team’s new General Manager, Hart was shuttled into a senior advisor role with no final say over baseball decisions. It was expected that he’d leave the organization once his contract was up at the end of the year, but he decided to quit now.

One wonders if he was merely getting on with the inevitable or if his early resignation is a sign that the results of MLB’s investigation will be such that he doesn’t want to be around when they come down.