Guess that worked out...
Maybe they could offer Worley to the Braves for a PTBNL depending how he does. Doesn't really look like he has a spot and he's out of options.
Braves seem to get a lot out of their pitching so maybe they can find something Rick doesn't. He's still young and probably has a little more upside than does Garcia and Floyd.
Probably wishful thinking on my part to get anything for him.
I don't see the Braves wanting Correia. There are other teams they could trade with that would have better options. I think the Twins will be lucky if they can trade Correia at the deadline. He looks like a solid number 5 starter and most teams can find a guy close to that in AAA. He needs a sub 4.00 ERA to find trade value and I don't know if he can do that.
Not sure which prospects the Braves would have...that 1) be willing to deal, 2) the Twins would want. Maybe Lucas Sims...but it's a pretty weak farm system. Not that Correia should/would bring back a lion's share...but you'd like to be able to get a guy who would actually make the pros at some point for a #3/#4 starter.
Gibby Gibby Gibby.. dang you
The thing that Correia brings is that he is a pretty safe bet to give them innings anywhere between a 4.00-4.30 ERA, which does in fact have a nice amount of value for a contending team with an immediate need.
Interesting takes here. I can tell you that Frank Wren has said that outside of an "impact" player, the payroll is maxed out, and Correia is just not a pitcher that would interest the Braves. They have three guys just like him in AAA that have already been sent to minor league camp.
Sorry to burst the bubble.
I was trying to think of a prospect matchup for Correia, and it wasn't anyone on the Braves' top 30. Regarding the "weak" system, individual prospect rankings aren't always the best gauge. Jason Parks from BP recently interviewed with me, and in our exchanges, he stated that the Braves have a very upside-heavy system, specifically in their international signings. Perhaps the Braves would trade someone like Aaron Northcraft, but that's probably as deep as it'd go.
Hale, with Garcia starting the season in either Minor or Santana's spot.
The Braves don't have a need for a 5th starter for an extended time into the season, and if they did, there's a large group in AAA that would be able to make a spot start as needed.
I would think we are going to have several more threads about trading the surplus of number 5 starters (without the flexibility of options) for a prospect. While the Twins might be able to match up and pick up another optionless player on the fringe of a roster, I don't see any significant return for any of them. That expectation is unrealistic.
Why trade with the Twins for their fringe? Teams can simply wait out which of the number 5 starters is DFA'd.
Once opening day rolls around I would LOVE to see someone post all of the pitchers they think are as good or as better than Kevin Correia who just get DFA'ed at that time.
Nobody is saying he is going to net some blue chip prospect, but dismissing him as "just a scrap heap arm who can be found on waivers" is no in the least bit accurate.
I'm not saying they would give up much for him, but he is clearly an upgrade over their current options for a #5
I looked to see that trades the last few springs in march before I wrote. The guys that move are the guys on the fringe. The pitchers who are the back of the rotation and likely out of options. The return is a similar player.
The difference between the upside of a Worley and certainty of a Correia isn't great enough to motivate a team to deal a prospect.
In my mind there is a lot of space between fringe and scrap. If Deduno pitches well and Meyer shows he is ready, Correia moves out. That's fringe... not scrap.
If Worley, Diamond, Deduno and Gibson had been pitching better I'd guess the Twins would be actively shopping Correia. I'm still for a move, but knowing this front office, they're not going to sell a guy preseason and insert what looks to be a downgrade from their perspective.