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.
As first reported by Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants have signed veteran right-hander Kevin Correia to a minor league contract.
He will join the rotation at Triple-A Sacramento.
Correia was released by the Mariners at the end of spring training after posting a 16.88 ERA in three Cactus League appearances. The 34-year-old will act as orgnizational rotation depth for the Giants, who badly need it now that Matt Cain is out indefinitely with another right elbow problem and Jake Peavy is sidelined with a back injury. Tim Hudson is no spring chicken either, and Tim Lincecum’s consistency issues are well-chronicled.
Correia posted an ugly 5.44 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 79/40 K/BB ratio in 154 innings last season between the Twins and Dodgers. He began his career with San Francisco back in 2003 and spent six full seasons there.
The Mariners have released right hander Kevin Correia.
Correia just didn’t have a place in the M’s rotation given the presence of five dudes who are, well, better than Kevin Correia, and the 34-year-old was knocked around like crazy in three relief appearances since being signed earlier this month.
Two years ago the Twins gave Correia a two-year, $10 million deal and was awful in those two years. He was traded to the Dodgers late last season and posted an ugly 8.03 ERA in 25 innings.
Barring a team needing some cannon fodder after multiple injuries to starters, Correia may have reached the end of the line.
Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant hit another pair of home runs on Saturday in Cactus League play against the Mariners, giving him eight in 10 spring games — by far the most among all hitters. Jose Bautista, Michael Cuddyer, J.D. Martinez, and Steve Pearce are tied for second with four each.
Bryant hit a two-run home run in the first inning off of Felix Hernandez, then went yard again in the fourth inning with a three-run shot off of Kevin Correia. He also walked in the third inning. It wasn’t even Bryant’s first multi-homer game of the spring — he hit two against the Angels on March 12 as well.
The Cubs planned to have Bryant start the season in the minors, but his performance this spring may be forcing their hand. If Bryant does indeed start at Triple-A, Mike Olt would handle third base in the interim.
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.