Philadelphia is in need of plenty of pitching help, but the Phillies have designated veteran right-hander Kevin Correia for assignment after he went 0-3 with a 6.56 ERA in five starts.
Correia wasn’t even particularly good at Triple-A before being called up by the Phillies and was a mess last season for the Twins and Dodgers, so it’s no surprise that he pitched poorly at age 34.
He’s one season removed from a two-year, $10 million deal with the Twins, but Correia hasn’t posted an ERA better than the league average since 2007 and may be running out of chances.
Tampa Bay outfielder Steven Souza is headed to the disabled list with a lacerated finger suffered Sunday when he was hit by a pitch and to replace him on the roster the Rays have activated designated hitter John Jaso from the 60-day disabled list.
Jaso has been out since Opening Day with a bruised left wrist and hit poorly on a minor-league rehab assignment, batting .250 with a .621 OPS in eight games. However, the Rays have deemed him healthy and their lineup could certainly use the help. Jaso is a career .272 hitter with a .793 OPS versus right-handed pitching.
Souza has shown impressive power as a 26-year-old rookie, smacking 15 homers in 79 games, but he’s also hit just .210 with 108 strikeouts and a .718 OPS for mediocre overall production. He was acquired from the Nationals this offseason as part of the huge three-team blockbuster also involving the Padres.
On the day he was named an All-Star for the sixth time Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon reiterated his desire to be traded to a contending team, telling Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com:
The front office knows where my heart is and where my mind is. And that’s to be with a contending ball club. The ball is in their court, so to speak. I think everybody knows where I’m at. I’ve always been straightforward that I want to go play for a contender and I’m not going to shy away from it. I feel like that’s my right and my prerogative to have that opportunity and, you know, it’s in their hands.
Of course, the Phillies likely would have traded Papelbon by now if other teams were interested in giving up a decent prospect and/or taking on the remainder of his $50 million contract. He’s owed about $6 million for the second half of this season and there’s a $13 million option for 2016 that vests if he reaches 48 games finished this season (he’s currently at 28).
Philadelphia certainly has no need for a high-priced closer at this point and Papelbon has been excellent this season with a 1.65 ERA and 34/7 K/BB ratio in 33 innings.
According to Salisbury the 34-year-old right-hander “hopes to be long gone” by the July 31 trade deadline and “hopes to be gone shortly after the All-Star break.”