Orioles claim Vance Worley off waivers from Pirates

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Baltimore has claimed right-hander Vance Worley off waivers after he was dropped from the 40-man roster by Pittsburgh.

Worley lacks high-end raw stuff, but he did a solid job for the Pirates as both a starter and reliever, posting a 3.31 ERA and 128/43 K/BB ratio in 182 innings during the past two seasons.

He made $2.45 million this season and will be due for a raise in 2016 via arbitration, so it’s possible the Orioles will decide to non-tender Worley next month. In the meantime they added pitching depth in the form a 27-year-old under team control through 2018.

Mets sign Matt Kemp to minor league deal

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The Mets have had a lot of injuries in their outfield. How many? So many that they’re bringing in Matt Kemp, who they just signed on a minor league deal. Hey, why not? He’s functionally free.

Kemp was released by the Reds earlier this month after batting just .200/.210/.283 over 62 plate appearances. While he was a pretty useful player for the first half of the 2018 season for the Dodgers, the odds of him making major contributions to the Mets this year are probably about the same odds there were on Adrián González making an impact when the Mets signed him last year. But again: what’s the harm?