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Twins Trade Kevin Correia, Recall Tommy Milone

Following Saturday night's game, the Minnesota Twins announced that they have traded starting pitcher Kevin Correia to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The Twins signed Correia to a two-year, $10 million contract heading into the 2013 season and, while his numbers were mediocre overall, the right-hander was able to provide innings where a significant share of the staff could not.
Image courtesy of Tom Szczerbowski, USA Today Sports
In 54 starts, Correia finishes his Twins career with a 14-26 record and a 4.49 ERA which was a product of his high-contact/low-bat miss abilities. According to Fangraphs.com, over the past two years Correia had the highest contact rate (80%) and the lowest swinging strike percentage (5.7%).

"I enjoyed every minute of it," Correia told reporters in the clubhouse after the game and being told the news. "The guys on the team, the coaching staff, everything was great. I wish we would have won more games, obviously. Besides that, I couldn't have enjoyed the time any more in Minnesota and this organization."

To fill Correia's roster spot, the Twins recall left-handed pitcher, Tommy Milone, who they received in the Sam Fuld trade with Oakland. Milone will start on Monday.

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stringer bell
Aug 09 2014 10:50 PM
Willingham next?
stringer bell
Aug 09 2014 10:55 PM

Willingham next?

I should hope so.
Aug 09 2014 11:02 PM

I appreciate Correia's professional approach and his contribution to bridging to the young players, but this move is overdue.

    • glunn, JB_Iowa, mikeee and 9 others like this
Aug 09 2014 11:15 PM

I appreciate Correia's professional approach and his contribution to bridging to the young players, but this move is overdue.


This can not be said enough, but particularly the bolded part

    • ashburyjohn, luckylager, gunnarthor and 4 others like this

Agreed... by all accounts, he is a professional, a good teammate, and he was exactly what the Twins likely thought he would be. He was certainly worth the contract he got. He stayed healthy and gave innings. really, his only truly bad stretch was about his first 8 starts this year. 

    • Sconnie and Circus Boy like this
Paul Pleiss
Aug 09 2014 11:49 PM

I hope to never have to be the player who was traded for Kevin Correia. Unless it's Drew Butera. #BoatAnchor #Forever

Aug 09 2014 11:57 PM
I'm going to the Twins/Astros game in Houston on Monday and I'm super excited that I don't have to watch Correia. Every Twins game I've seen the past few years has featured Correia getting blown up and I was kinda depressed seeing him as the scheduled starter on Monday. This is the best news I've heard in a while!
    • Paul Pleiss and FattCrapps like this

I'm happy for him - he's going to a team with tons of talent that is likely going to the playoffs.Maybe he'll get a World Series ring.He seems like a good guy, and I wish him well. 

    • glunn, JB_Iowa, Riverbrian and 3 others like this
Aug 10 2014 12:23 AM

Though he had a 4.10 ERA since June 10th he won't be sorely missed.

Hughes, Gibson, May, Millone. I like the rotation through the first 4 so far! Heck, in '87 I only liked the first two names in our rotation at the end of that season!
    • Dantes929 likes this

Seemed like a good guy.No bad as 5th starters go.Good move for all.


That being said, it might be as instructive to know where the Twins stand and are headed as a franchise by hearing what KC's time here was meant to accomplish as it would be to hear another defense of Antony's remarks about his definition of FiP as "First strike in innings Pitched".

Twins Twerp
Aug 10 2014 01:30 AM
I wonder if the names to pick from for the ptbnl are urias, pederson, and seager. Maybe all 3 #sarcasm
Aug 10 2014 03:09 AM
Well done Terry Ryan. Wasn't sure he would be able to unload Correia--was suspected they would need to just release him.

The angst towards Correia is humorous.It was time to go but I'm glad the Twins had KC the last two years.it was bad enough watching all of the AAAA pitchers cycle through the rotation and get destroyed.Having one more of that craptastic quality would have been even worse.

    • Carole Keller, gunnarthor and TRex like this

I'm curious if KC is as glad to be out of MN as much as the TD posters?These "hated" ex-Twins seem to end up on their feet (if not better!) after they are traded.

Hughes, Gibson, May, Millone. I like the rotation through the first 4 so far! Heck, in '87 I only liked the first two names in our rotation at the end of that season!


What?You mean you didn't like Les Straker, Joe Neikro and Mike Smithson/Steve Carlton/Alan Anderson?They did win 18 games in total.

    • goulik likes this
Aug 10 2014 05:44 AM

I'm curious if KC is as glad to be out of MN as much as the TD posters? 

I'm happy to still be in Minnesota. Although Wales is quite lovely this time of year.
I wish KC well. He was a valuable contributor to the Twins. By far the most stable and consistent starter over the two years. I'm also very happy for the youth movement to continue
    • gunnarthor likes this
Interesting reading Dodgers fans reactions. Of course none of them pay attention to the Twins, so they don't quite understand the depths of the team around him. It seems to be a mix of frustration that he's perceived as a bad pitcher, frustration that he's not Lester, and happy about the trade because they are so pitching thin in the minors.
    • ashburyjohn likes this
Good move by TR!

For as much as a "leader" and good example that Correia is, I wonder if his stubborn refusal to pitch out of the bullpen delayed our opportunities to trade him (assuming he is starting, at least initially, in LA). Confidence is necessary for pro athletes, but I like to see a little more flexibility from role players like KC.
Aug 10 2014 07:17 AM
Here's their top 20 list from Sickles for 2014.


I'm guessing Windle or Anderson are too much for KC. They are both Minnesotans. I'd love Scott Schebler too, but I'm guessing his stock has improved too much at this point.

Anyways, the Dodgers did give up Sulbaran for Butera, so hopefully they will give up something of value for KC.
    • gunnarthor likes this

Finally Milone gets a chance.  A proven MAJOR LEAGUE pitcher.  Twins try to use May against the A's, obviously he is not ready for that type of team.  All of the people who wanted May up, remember be careful what you wish for sometimes.  I do think May can be a good pitcher, but let's not crown him as the next Cy Young.

Yeah, how did May work out for all you geniuses?

#hotSidtakes #pelf2015usuckaz
"On August 11, his major league debut, Garza allowed seven earned runs in 2 ⅔ innings to the Toronto Blue Jays."

And how did he work out?
    • James and Dantes929 like this