Demoted to the bullpen last week so that Wandy Rodriguez could take his spot in the rotation, Kevin Correia has asked the Pirates to trade him.
“I want to start,” Correia told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. “For that to happen, I’ll have to go someplace else.”
He then went out and allowed four runs in his first relief appearance.
General manager Neil Huntington said the Pirates “are open to a trade, but it’s got to be something that makes us better.” And because Correia is unlikely to fetch much of a return Huntington may feel that keeping him around as rotation depth in case of an injury is more valuable.
Correia is certainly deserving of a spot in some team’s rotation, as he’s started 150 career games with a 4.63 ERA and has a 4.24 ERA in 19 starts this season. On the other hand 31-year-old back-of-the-rotation starters with $3 million salaries aren’t exactly a hot commodity, particularly when they’re impending free agents like Correia.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.