The Pirates have agreed to a two year, $8 M deal with Correia.
The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a deal with free agent starter Kevin Correia last night, adding the right hander to a two year, $8 M deal. I'm a fan of Kevin Correia, and this off-season marks the third one in a row that I've wanted the Pirates to add him. In 2008 he had been outrighted off the 40-man roster by the San Francisco Giants. At the time he looked like a good flier for a bullpen job, with the chance to start. He started in 2009 with the Padres and had a breakout season. There was talk last off-season that the Padres would non-tender or trade him, which spiked my interest again.
A quick look at Correia's stat line shows nothing impressive. He's got a career 4.57 ERA in 741 innings. He's only pitched more than 145 innings in one season, which was his 2009 season. He's coming off a year with a 5.40 ERA in 145 innings of work. A quick glance shows that Correia isn't much better than Zach Duke. Diggin...
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