Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dodgers get Correia from the Twins

Ned Colletti stated that he wasn't done acquiring pitching help after trading for Roberto Hernandez.  Apparently he meant it by trading for Kevin Correia from the Twins for a player to be named or cash.  Sort of like the Hernandez deal.

This season has not exactly gone well for the Correia, as he's 5-13 with a 4.94 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 26 starts.  Yikes.  Opponents are also hitting .297 against him.  Yikes again.

So, what exactly does Colletti see in Correia?  If anything, it's a low-risk investment to provide depth, whether that be as a spot starter or in long relief.  Paul Maholm is out for the season with a torn ACL, and Josh Beckett probably will be as well with a bad hip.  Dan Haren was very good against the Angels on Wednesday, but before that was atrocious.  Maybe Correia provides a boost in his spot.

If you're looking for a silver lining, then perhaps it's that Correia is more of a National League pitcher.  He was an All-Star in 2011 with the Pirates when he went 11-7 with a 4.01 ERA in the first half of the season.  Then again, he completely tanked in the second half, raising his ERA to 4.79, but I digress.

He certainly knows the NL West well, as he was a member of the Giants for many years before pitching two seasons for the Padres.  None of his stats really stand out from that time.

The bottom line is that this won't be the move that propels the Dodgers to World Series champions by any means.  All they can hope for is some solid innings from the veteran.  I can't imagine he could do a whole lot worse than Maholm did, so maybe that long relief role will fit him well.

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