• Twins To Sign RHP Kevin Correia

    Kevin Correia Is Joining The Minnesota TwinsAccording to sources, the Twins have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Kevin Correia. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick is saying that the deal is a two-year deal and $10 million. The 32-year-old right-hander has gone 12-11 the last two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His ERA in 2011 was 4.79, and it was 4.21 in 2012.

    He was originally a 4th round pick by the San Francisco Giants. He has spent time with the Giants, Padres and Pirates. In 10 big league seasons, he is a combined 60-65 with a 4.54 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. His career strikeout rate is 6.0. However, the last two seasons, his K/9 has been 4.5 and 4.7. He made his first, and only, All Star appearance in 2011 with the Pirates.

    The past two seasons, he has thrown 154 and 171 innings. His career high innings were 198 with the Padres in 2009.

    Correia comes in as the veteran of a pitching staff that includes Scott Diamond and Vance Worley. Of those three, he's clearly the third best. Best case scenario, he can find a way to be just about league average in 2013 and the Twins can trade him for a C-level prospect in July. If nothing else, I do like this deal much better than the 1 year, $6 million deal that Scott Feldman got from the Cubs.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins to sign RHP Kevin Correia started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 188 Comments
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Quote Originally Posted by Land Of 10,000 Beasts View Post
      His line looks similar to Carl Pavano's, just not as durable and gives up more walks. Nothing to get too excited for, but it's at least somebody so I can't complain.
      Yes you can complain. The Twins already have pitchers who could equal what Correia is going to do. One is a guy they are paying $5.5 million to and the others are league minimum guys.
    1. LastOnePicked's Avatar
      LastOnePicked -
      Wow. Well, on the plus side, this might be another piece of the puzzle that gets us a new manager in 2014. Maybe even a new GM.
    1. lee_the_twins_fan's Avatar
      lee_the_twins_fan -
      First people complain that Terry Ryan isn't doing anything. Now in the past 12 days he's traded two CF, acquired five pitchers (three through trade, one Rule 5 draft and now a FA). Yeah Correia isn't one of the top pitchers available. But he's durable, and he's better than most of the pitchers we had last year. You have to start somewhere.*
      We still have two more spots in the rotation to fill, barring injury, and I'm still counting on TR to come through with a #1 starter.*
    1. twinsfaninsaudi's Avatar
      twinsfaninsaudi -
      I called it!! Even predicted the two year deal. I need to find the forum thread.
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      So, can Deduno, DeVries, Walters, or Blackburn not give us a sub 4.5 era? At no addition cost? Over spend on Jackson or marcum to get them here!!! I bet 5 million more than we would have offered them for the next 2 season could have landed one of them. Worthless! I hope for the best I would love to write an apology letter to TR midseason when his era is around 4 but I doubt it.

      Comparing him to Guthrie is ridiculous. Guthrie had/has some potential to throw together a nice season.
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Can this really be happening...what's wrong with letting some of the scrubs we ran out last year fill Correia's spot at a far less expensive cost? 5M/year in addition to some of our offers out to guys like marcum/jackson/others might have made the difference and actually allowed us to sign someone who won't end up Blackburning at the bare minimum. I hope this is some kind of joke

      On another note: how did Correia end up making the AS game in 2011? Kevin Correia Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com

      That's almost as funny as us tossing him a multi-year deal
    1. twinsfaninsaudi's Avatar
      twinsfaninsaudi -
      I'm the kind of jerk who likes this signing.
    1. AllhopeisgoneMNTWINS's Avatar
      AllhopeisgoneMNTWINS -
      Quote Originally Posted by LastOnePicked View Post
      Wow. Well, on the plus side, this might be another piece of the puzzle that gets us a new manager in 2014. Maybe even a new GM.

      I hope youre right......this is absolutely one of the worst signings of the offseason by any team. What was the difference between Deduno, Walters and De Vries last year to this bum?
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Quote Originally Posted by lee_the_twins_fan View Post
      First people complain that Terry Ryan isn't doing anything. Now in the past 12 days he's traded two CF, acquired five pitchers (three through trade, one Rule 5 draft and now a FA). Yeah Correia isn't one of the top pitchers available. But he's durable, and he's better than most of the pitchers we had last year. You have to start somewhere.*
      We still have two more spots in the rotation to fill, barring injury, and I'm still counting on TR to come through with a #1 starter.*
      How many false things can one say in a post? Durable? How? Check how many seasons he's thrown 200 innings? 0. How about 175? 1. Etc. And he isn't all that better than at least 5 other pitchers at AAAA right now, including Blackburn.
    1. beckmt's Avatar
      beckmt -
      This may get back to the earlier TR comments about not being able to give money away. The decent pitchers want to pitch for a winner. That leaves guys like this and worse or doing nothing. Twins have to try, but I am not wild about this signing. Hope it turns out decent a can be filpped at the Trade Deadline for prospects.
    1. TonyWiseau's Avatar
      TonyWiseau -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Tweeted by Parker: Last 3 years: Correia 4.66 xFIP, 13.9% K%, 1.23 HR/9. Guthrie 4.66 xFIP, 13.7% K%, 1.22 HR/9.
      xFIP doesn't tell the story with Correia. He's gotten brutalized on FBs for three years (14.8, 12.6, and 12 HR/FB% from 10-12, respectively) while pitching in Petco and PNC. That's a stat xFIP normalizes, but with the track record Correia's shown, count me skeptical on the notion it's something out of his control. At least Guthrie has a damn excuse pitching in Coors and Camden.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      This serves pohlad right. who would want to come and pitch for that cheap bastard, the players and agents know. We all know want a crook Ryan is, I think Gardy has had enough, the fans will speak out!
    1. Erock's Avatar
      Erock -
      Don't like it, but I'm curious to see what Brett Myers is going to be signed for. If he signs for something similar I'm going to be upset. He has the ability to strikeout batters and slide in to the pen if he's struggling or someone is dominating AAA. If Correia struggles he's just going to be a road block or a sunk cost and if he does decently is it going to be that much better than what DeVries could accomplish over a season?
    1. chagen's Avatar
      chagen -
      seth articles are always amusing to read first off Kevin is a terrible pitcher. Second off the Twins will not trade him at the deadline because no team wants him for another year. He is signed for 2 years.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Is Kevin Correia actually Jason Marquis? I'm looking through their stat lines and they're basically the exact same guy.

      What on earth is Ryan thinking?
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Well, let's see. Best season was 4 seasons ago. Doesn't strike anybody out (even in the NL). Carries a WHIP around 1.390. Pitches to contact.

      Perfect
    1. zenser's Avatar
      zenser -
      Oh boy! Our big FA signing! I can't wait to pack up the family and go to Target Field and spend a lot of money to see Kevin Correia pitch!
    1. zenser's Avatar
      zenser -
      I guess Terry Ryan could give some money away.
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by lee_the_twins_fan View Post
      First people complain that Terry Ryan isn't doing anything. Now in the past 12 days he's traded two CF, acquired five pitchers (three through trade, one Rule 5 draft and now a FA). Yeah Correia isn't one of the top pitchers available. But he's durable, and he's better than most of the pitchers we had last year. You have to start somewhere.*
      We still have two more spots in the rotation to fill, barring injury, and I'm still counting on TR to come through with a #1 starter.*
      -He had a 4.20 ERA in the NL...less than 90Ks in the NL...a WHIP of almost 1.300 in the NL. We have pitchers like him already.
      -The rule 5 pickup...you give him props for picking that guy up?
      -And how in God's name do you see Ryan picking up a #1 starter?
    1. whydidnt's Avatar
      whydidnt -
      The most disappointing thing about this isn't the signing/player itself. It's that it shows that Ryan still doesn't "get it" when it comes to acquiring pitchers. I was hoping that recent moves to acquire guys like Meyers, May, Worley, and the draft picks meant he understood that the traditional W-L and ERA stats were not the best to base decisions on. Yet, here he is out there paying a premium for a guy that only looks okay if you just look at his W-L record.

      There really isn't any reason to believe Correia is going to be any better than a handful of guys the Twins already have on their roster at or close to the league minimum. I just don't get investing 2 years at 5 million each in a guy like this. Goes back to what a lot have been saying over the last year, it's not that Twins don't spend enough, it's that they don't spend wisely.
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