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Correia headed to Pirates

Posted on: December 7, 2010 10:24 am
Edited on: December 7, 2010 10:50 am
 
Correia Jerry Crasnick of ESPN was at dinner with MLB Facts and Rumors and Scott Miller last night as part of a group of people. He ate dinner, enjoyed some fine late-night dinner conversation and then promptly broke news once he hit the lobby.

That news is Kevin Correia to the Pirates, as a source tells Crasnick the pitcher will sign a two-year, $8 million deal for the Pirates.

It's not often the Pirates convince someone to come play for them in free agency, so this is a pretty nice get this early in the offseason. Correia, 30, struggled through 2010 with a 5.40 ERA, albeit with a 4.19 xFIP. He made 26 starts and two relief appearances, pitching 145 innings in 2009. In 2008, he pitched 198 innings over 33 starts of a sterling 3.91 ERA (4.20 xFIP).

Correia's poor season -- in Petco Park, no less -- restricted the number of suitors for the righty.

Fine by Pittsburgh GM Neal Huntington, who now has a solid veteran pitcher to plug into the rotation in the hopes that 2010's horror show of a rotation won't repeat itself.

No, Correia won't push the club to .500 all by his lonesome, but gives the team valuable pitching depth on a squad that is lacking in quality options for the rotation. You'd think a perpetually rebuilding team would have plenty of internal candidates, but behind Ross Ohlendorf, Paul Maholm and James McDonald, there just isn't much.

Charlie Morton may yet emerge and Brad Lincoln could end up solid as well, but there's too many question marks surrounding them. Plus, there's no acceptable options stashed in Triple-A. There are some intriguing pitchers in the system, led by Stetson Allie, Jameson Taillon and Bryan Morris, but they are far off.

Correia should slot nicely in the middle of the rotation and push Scott Olsen to competing for the No. 5 spot along with Morton and Lincoln.

-- Evan Brunell

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Comments

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 4:12 pm
 

Correia headed to Pirates

What a joke. 2 days in a row they sign pitchers that have an era over 5.  nice move neil and im glad your bosses frank coonly and owner bob cheapskate nutting would let u sign such talent.  sign cust for rightfield.Carlos Pena for 1st than we wold have something.  60 hrs these 2 would hit. leave alone the pitching rejects 



Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2010 2:02 pm
 

Correia headed to Pirates

Excellent, now the Pirates have more 4th and 5th spot roatation starters than any other team in MLB.  Now if we could just find a 1, 2, and 3 starter and a couple of power hitters we may challenge for a wild card. Unfortunatly I think this is as good as it gets for our Buco's



Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2010 11:03 am
 

Correia headed to Pirates

Nice job replacing Zach Duke with right handed Zach Duke. 


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