Vance Worley and the Pirates went through with an arbitration hearing after not being able to reach a compromise on the right-hander’s 2015 salary and the ruling was in favor of Worley.
That means he’ll earn $2.45 million rather than the Pirates’ filing of $2 million following a season in which he turned his career around after being let go by the Twins.
Worley tossed 111 innings with a 2.85 ERA and 79/22 K/BB ratio for Pittsburgh and, combined with his previous time in Philadelphia, has a 3.31 ERA in 388 career innings in the National League.
Tim Peterson, a minor league pitcher in the Mets farm system, has been suspended 80 games for a positive test of the performance-enhancing drug Trenbolone.
Peterson was the Mets’ 20th-round draft pick in 2012 out of the University of Kentucky and advanced to Double-A last season as a 23-year-old.
He has a 4.22 ERA in 122 career innings as a pro, with a fantastic 143/32 K/BB ratio spent mostly as a reliever.
When the Diamondbacks signed Yasmany Tomas for $68.5 million the assumption was that they’d use him in the outfield, where he spent most of his time in Cuba, but the team announced that he’d get a long look at third base.
So how’s it going so far? Here’s an update on Tomas as a third baseman, via rookie manager Chip Hale:
He’s working every day. … I mean, talk about a guy that really wants to learn, he’s been fantastic. … I mean, this is before spring training, but I’m very encouraged with what I see with his feet and his hands. We can push him a little harder each day on stuff. We’re just going to see how it goes. His capability to take in information and put it into play right away is impressive. He’s got the basics down.
Tomas was signed mostly for his power bat, but if he can eventually play a passable third base that would give the Diamondbacks a lot of other lineup options. For now Arizona’s outfield depth chart includes A.J. Pollock flanked by some combination of Mark Trumbo, David Peralta, and Cody Ross.