Looking to add some veteran rotation depth, the Mariners have signed right-hander Kevin Correia to a minor-league deal.
Two offseasons ago the Twins gave Correia a two-year, $10 million deal and then watched as he went 14-26 with a 4.49 ERA in 54 starts before a late-season trade to the Dodgers last season. Correia was even worse in Los Angeles down the stretch with an 8.03 ERA in 25 innings.
At age 34 and with one of the majors’ worst strikeout rates Correia is little more than a serviceable fifth starter candidate.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.
Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.
The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.