Pirates Looking at Kevin Correia

The Pirates are looking at Correia.

Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking at free agent starting pitcher Kevin Correia.  Rosenthal added “among others” which I take to mean the Pirates are looking at other starters.

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 probably wouldn’t break the bank, as he only made $3.6 M in his final arbitration year following his 2009 season, and based on his 2010 season, might not cost much more than $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.  He would definitely be a better option than Scott Olsen, who the Pirates are close to a deal with.

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  • http://twitter.com/llamafeed Jacob Neville

    And he went to my college Cal Poly SLO baby!
    Hes definitely an upgrade over Olsen and really I dont see the harm in doing it. Players thrive in competition so the more the merrier imo