• 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 -
      1. Scott Diamond
      2. Vance Worley
      3. Kevin Correia
      4. and 5. Liam Hendriks, Sam Deduno, Cole DeVries, etc.

      Two 3 pitchers, three 5 pitchers, and Hendriks as wildcard. Let's just hope that there is a better signing coming.
    1. goliath's Avatar
      goliath -
      Not shocked, Ryan has said has put offers out to multiple pitchers, a team has a 1/30 chance of signing a free agent. A team with 2 years of 90+ losses, and punting 2013 has to overpay to even get someone mediocre.
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      I would have preferred to spend 9.25 for one year of Baker than 10 for two of Correia.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Quote Originally Posted by goliath View Post
      Not shocked, Ryan has said has put offers out to multiple pitchers, a team has a 1/30 chance of signing a free agent. A team with 2 years of 90+ losses, and punting 2013 has to overpay to even get someone mediocre.
      One should "overpay" for above-average to great pitching and never "overpay" for mediocre pitching. Correia is one of a dozen or more similar pitchers, some of which will be getting minor league deals. It is much better to spend 10-15 million on a good pitcher and then two minor league deals or very small contracts then to pay this kind of money on bad pitching. He is a fifth starter and can only get worse. $10.5 million spend on Correia and Blackburn next year. Think about that.
    1. goliath's Avatar
      goliath -
      I agree Shane Wahl, sadly I think they may have tried to overpay for better pitchers, but not everyone (good free agents) loves the Twins as much as us.
    1. Mark_RM's Avatar
      Mark_RM -
      Ugh. Those stellar numbers of his came with being in the same division as the Cubs and Astros. The guy was bad enough that you didn't want him in a NL-only fantasy league. I'll be a lot less upset about this if a legit 2/3 starter is signed...even if it is a bit of an over pay.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Has anyone checked Gardy's house in the north subburbs for a FOR SALE sign???
      Think he's already getting his 2014 resume together
    1. Zephrin's Avatar
      Zephrin -
      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.
      Yes, but have we seen anything this off-season that makes us think KC is making good deals? At least we haven't traded Sano for 2 years of a downward trending non-ace. Then again, as laughable as KC's moves have been this off-season they are still likely to finish closer to .500 that we are. Again.
    1. darin617's Avatar
      darin617 -
      What they should have done was overpay for a better starter one a 1YR deal and flip him for some prospects.
    1. asmus_ndsu's Avatar
      asmus_ndsu -
      Jason marquis #2?
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Wonder if TR saw the KC/TB trade & knew he had to get the attention off of them & decided to make a move to get the media attention back on him/Twins
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Quote Originally Posted by asmus_ndsu View Post
      Jason marquis #2?
      CMON .....its Sidney Ponson #3 or Ramon Ortiz #4 or......
    1. Mark_RM's Avatar
      Mark_RM -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      Has anyone checked Gardy's house in the north subburbs for a FOR SALE sign???
      Think he's already getting his 2014 resume together
      Maybe this is all part of TR's master plan. This way there's no possibility of the Twins being good enough where they have to keep him around.
    1. Snortwood's Avatar
      Snortwood -
      He does have the advantage of having a double consonant in his name - for some reason the Twins have always had good luck with guys with double consonants. Killebrew, Allison, Rollins, Versalles, Battey, Hall early on, Puckett, Gaetti, Hrbek (hnrary double consonant in his case), and even some recent guys - Plouffe, Capp (wait, maybe not) and, uh, my theory is breaking down. Not quite sure what we have here. I'll get back to you on this one.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Disappointing sign. He had below average numbers in the National League where he's spent his entire career. Poor SO/BB, WHIP, and he's never pitched more than 200 innings in a season. Second move I disapprove of from Terry Ryan since his return. The first of course is Jason Marquis. 4.77ERA the past three season. Overpaid and underwhelming.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      On the plus side, we have 20 million dollars to spend. Put 7 million/yr towards Youkilis and 13 million/yr towards Jackson/Marcum.

      Jackson/Marcum
      Diamond
      Worley
      Gibson
      Hendriks/Correia


      Correia could be the next Blackburn for us with his contract lingering until 2014, but hopefully he provides a serviceable 5. I hope to God, Terry Ryan isn't satisfied using the underlined five for next year's rotation. That's a disaster waiting to happen. Please, PLEASE sign another pitcher. (Preferably good this time)
    1. COtwin's Avatar
      COtwin -
      Five million a year wasted! I will bet money his ERA will be higher this year than those two previous years. There is zero chance he will magically cut a whole run off of his ERA. So why spend 10 million and lock up two years when Deduno, Devries Swarzak, Walters, etc can do the same for minimum? How much money have we wasted over the last 5 years on washed up pitchers or never has beens? Those numbers have to add up to something substantial. Like enough to sign 1 real pitcher to the kind of deal it would take to get them here.
    1. Land Of 10,000 Beasts's Avatar
      Land Of 10,000 Beasts -
      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.
    1. AllhopeisgoneMNTWINS's Avatar
      AllhopeisgoneMNTWINS -
      I think i just threw up in my mouth........Why us?
    1. drivlikejehu's Avatar
      drivlikejehu -
      I wonder how to rank this compared to the Blackburn and Joe Mays contracts. Definitely one of TR's worst moves, maybe even the worst when you take context into account.
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