Pirates Agree to 2 Year Deal With Correia

The Pirates have signed Correia to a two year deal.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a two year deal with Kevin Correia for around $8 M, according to Jerry Crasnick.  We heard earlier today that the Pirates were looking at Correia, among other pitchers.  If you’ve read any of my previous write ups on Correia, you know that I’m a fan, and expected him to be available for around $5 M a season.  Back in November I said that Correia could be one of the best values on the free agent market for starting pitchers, based on past performance.

Correia is a year removed from a strong season in the San Diego rotation, which saw him put up a 3.91 ERA in 198 innings, along with a 6.5 K/9, a 2.9 BB/9, and a 0.8 HR/9.  He struggled in 2010, with a 5.40 ERA in 145 innings, along with increased walk and home run ratios.  He managed a lot of ground balls (48.9%), and had a 4.19 xFIP, which was similar to his 2009 number (4.20).

Correia will definitely take a rotation spot, which fills one of the two available spots not taken up by James McDonald, Paul Maholm, and Ross Ohlendorf.  If he can return to his 2009 numbers, it would be a very good move for the Pirates.  One way they can help him out is upgrading the shortstop position, since his high ground ball rate wouldn’t do well with Ronny Cedeno at shortstop.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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