Kevin Correia will turn down the Padres’ arbitration offer

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Kevin Correia will turn down San Diego’s arbitration offer but is still interested in potentially re-signing with the Padres, according to agent Damon Lapa.

Tonight is the deadline for free agents to accept or decline arbitration offers, and as a Type B free agent Correia will fetch the Padres a compensatory draft pick between the first and second rounds should he sign elsewhere.

After a strong 2009 that saw him post a 3.91 ERA in 33 starts Correia struggled this season and was yanked from the rotation in September, finishing with a 5.40 ERA in 145 innings.

His decision not to accept arbitration is somewhat surprising, as doing so would have guaranteed him at least the $3.6 million salary he earned in 2010. Either the market for the 30-year-old right-hander with a 4.57 career ERA is better than it seemingly should be or the Padres and Correia worked out one of those gentleman’s agreements beforehand to ensure he’d decline the arbitration offer if they made it.

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.