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.
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