You both make valid points from the Twins FO perspectives. I just disagree with them. I think the two big kickers here for me are first, he was signed to a two year contract, and second, there were other better options (no matter what you were looking for) available. Now not all those options panned out (though several did) but that is hind sight and irrelevant.
Regardless, nothing stated here makes me think signing below average veterans is a good idea.
I think we have had this debate before - but how is it irrelevant that the Twins signed the guy who stayed healthy and actually made his starts and pitched at a slightly above replacement level? How is that not part of the analysis in deciding who to sign?
It would be disappointing going forward, now that the Twins have 3 guys who should be #3 type pitchers in the rotation for next year, for them to sign a guy like Correia. Bit considering the ugly state of pitching in the organization going into 2013 it made some sense to have a guy like Corrria, especially considering the alternatives at the time.
The best part about Correia is he helped bridge these two years and now the Twins can move on.