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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dodgers Acquire Kevin Correia

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The Dodgers acquired righty Kevin Correia from the Twins for a player to be named later or cash considerations, announced the teams.  The Dodgers officially placed Josh Beckett on the DL earlier today with a left hip injury, which is expected to sideline him for at least two weeks… “Kevin gives us an additional option as a starter or long reliever.  He also supplies us with more veteran pitching depth for the stretch drive,” said [Dodgers GM Ned] Colletti in tonight’s press release.

Correia, 34 later this month, posted a 4.94 ERA, 4.2 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, 0.90 HR/9, and 41.5% groundball rate in 129 1/3 innings for Minnesota… The Twins signed Correia to a two-year, $10MM deal after the 2012 season…

Minnesota has saved about $1.5MM by shipping Correia to the Dodgers.  Additionally, they’ve opened a spot for new acquisition Tommy Milone, who will start Monday night in Houston.  Twins GM Terry Ryan is looking beyond 2014, with his club mired in last place, and Milone will be one of two new faces in Minnesota’s rotation going forward, alongside rookie Trevor May.

The District Attorney Posted: August 10, 2014 at 11:11 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The District Attorney Posted: August 10, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4767980)
Correct thread for this humongous transaction.

I think Correia is even worse than Roberto Hernandez, so don't quite get this. I suppose they didn't give up anything, though.
   2. caspian88 Posted: August 10, 2014 at 11:44 AM (#4767982)
Kevin Correia has, I believe, earned an MLB pension (or will by the end of the season). He is one of the last guys I ever would have expected to last ten years.
   3. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: August 10, 2014 at 11:45 AM (#4767983)
A perfect pairing with the Coco haircut entry.
   4. DCA Posted: August 10, 2014 at 12:22 PM (#4767995)
Correia's a perfectly decent 6th starter. He's not good, but you could do worse as a Plan B (the problem the last two years is that the Twins made him a plan A). I guess WAR = 5, WAA = -6.6 (about half way between replacement level and league average) says the same thing.

Interestingly, he's as sure as bet as they come for a 4.50 ERA if you look at his stats by team:

Giants (6 years): 4.59 ERA
Padres (2 years): 4.54 ERA
Pirates (2 years): 4.49 ERA
Twins (2 years): 4.49 ERA

Give differences in year, league, and park, those correspond to different ERA+ values (82 to 96) but I wonder if low-TTO pitchers are more robust to park effects?
   5. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 10, 2014 at 12:30 PM (#4767998)
Acquire all the marginal MLB starting pitchers!
   6. morineko Posted: August 10, 2014 at 12:37 PM (#4768000)
I don't know how I feel about this. I'll let you know after Milone gives up a few home runs.
   7. aberg Posted: August 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM (#4768003)
Here's hoping the ptbnl is the next Carlos Santana.
   8. Ziggy Posted: August 10, 2014 at 01:00 PM (#4768005)
I was going to say that I'm surprised they don't have any minor leaguers better than this, but man the Isotopes' pitchers stink. (Even after adjusting for context.) The 34 year old Jeff Bennett has been their best starter this year, unless you like Henry Sosa. Who used to be a prospect but is now 28 and sure looks like a career minor leaguer.
   9. GregD Posted: August 10, 2014 at 01:42 PM (#4768015)
Since the dodgers have no budget they should totally do stuff like this. It is amazing how many starts even good teams give to clearly submarginal pitchers as injuries take hold
   10. Dan Posted: August 10, 2014 at 03:17 PM (#4768077)
It's pretty funny that the Dodgers were the big rumored buyer in both Lester and Price rumors and they've ended up instead trading for Roberto "Fauxsto" Hernandez and Kevin Correia.

I truly believe they thought they'd be smart and pass on trading their top prospects for Lester/Price and get Cliff Lee on a waiver trade in August. Lee getting injured in his next start may have hurt the Dodgers about as much as it hurt the Phillies.
   11. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 10, 2014 at 03:23 PM (#4768079)
If Kevin Correia is the answer, you're asking the wrong questions.
   12. morineko Posted: August 10, 2014 at 04:01 PM (#4768103)
Nah, there are many good questions that Kevin Correia is an answer to, but none of them relate to baseball.
   13. aberg Posted: August 10, 2014 at 04:03 PM (#4768108)
If Kevin Correia is the answer, you're asking the wrong questions.

Just when you think you have Kevin Correia, I change the Kevin Correia.
   14. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: August 10, 2014 at 04:21 PM (#4768128)
Since the dodgers have no budget

It is kind of amazing how quickly this happened. They went from a team hamstringed by a not-wealthy-enough owner to Yankees West so quickly that sometimes I forget times have changed so radically.
   15. GregD Posted: August 10, 2014 at 05:03 PM (#4768170)
I am not even sure they are Yankees west. The Yankees are still working within some parameters--cano, some recent moves that saved a piddling amount of money. Do the dodgers have any budget at all? They seem to spend whenever they feel like it.

And I gotta say they may be right. Went to a sold out weekday game last week and the crowd was buzzing and everyone was wearing official gear and the excitement was high. Winning is fun! I assume te tv ratings are good too but don't know
   16. Howie Menckel Posted: August 10, 2014 at 07:25 PM (#4768230)

fwiw, RHernandez has a 2.85 ERA and 0.972 WHIP in his last 7 starts. only 18 K in 47.3 IP, which stinks, but he's a veteran who is a stretch of good results. If you expect more 2.85 ERA pitching, you're crazy. but for a cheap price...

yeah re Dodgers, Yankees just let Nationals eat the Thornton contract, leaving them shorter of LHP in the bullpen while they're supposedly trying to win.
   17. Davo Posted: August 10, 2014 at 08:51 PM (#4768273)
Always liked Correia, but thus was clearly a trade that needed to be made.

Never heard a bad word about him--will wish him the best, and be rooting for him to somehow make their playoff roster!
   18. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:32 AM (#4768339)
I assume te tv ratings are good too but don't know

They probably would be if they were actually on TV. The Dodgers get paid either way though.
   19. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 11, 2014 at 10:53 AM (#4768453)
I assume te tv ratings are good too

Lol, you aren't from the area, are you?
   20. Russ Posted: August 11, 2014 at 11:09 AM (#4768469)
Correia's a perfectly decent 6th starter. He's not good, but you could do worse as a Plan B

In the sense that you use Correia if you want to abort your season before it really gets started? Sounds about right to me.

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