The Twins acquired pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May from the Phillies on Thursday in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere. The 25-year-old Worley was 6-and-9 with a 4.20 ERA in 23 starts with the Phillies last season. The 23-year-old May was 10-and-13 with a 4.87 ERA last year at Double-A Reading. Worley will be slotted into the Twins starting rotation for next season, while May will likely begin the year in the minor leagues. He is regarded as a top flight pitching prospect.
The Twins and relief pitcher Jared Burton agreed to a two-year contract extension yesterday. Burton will earn just more than two-million-dollars for next season and three-point-25-million dollars for 2014. The pact also includes an option for 2015. The 31-year-old righthander was 3-and-2 with five saves for the Twins last season. His earned run average was 2.18.
The Twins continued to add pitching to their roster by drafting Boston minor league pitcher Ryan Pressly in yesterday’s Rule Five Draft. The draft is designed to allow teams to draft career minor leaguers from other teams at a low price. Minnesota will need to keep Pressly on the Major League roster all season, or return him to Boston. Pressly was 7-and-5 last season, but became much more effective once he began to work out of the bullpen. He is only 23-years-old and has a career 4.27 ERA in the minor leagues. Minnesota also drafted third baseman Mark Sobolewski from Toronto and lost lefty pitcher Tom Boleska to Baltimore.