Kevin Correia To Decline Arbitration

The agent for Kevin Correia says the right-hander will turn down the Padres' offer of arbitration, according to Dan Hayes of the North County Times (on Twitter). Correia is open to returning to San Diego, but is not yet ready to rule out other teams. The 30-year-old pitched to a 5.40 ERA in 145 innings last year and posted 7.1 K/9 with 4.0 BB/9, but lost his rotation spot to Tim Stauffer after slumping late in the season.  Baseball understandably took a backseat in Correia's life this year, as he tragically lost his 21-year-old brother in May.

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  1. aaron b 5 years ago

    What a terrible decision by Correia.

  2. The Padres have to be thinking “thank GOD!”

    My guess is Correia was told in no uncertain terms that he would be strictly relief if he comes back with the Padres. This obviously wasn’t about money, but about a chance to be a starter elsewhere.

  3. Kevin Charity 5 years ago

    Praise Jesus! I figured this stiff would command 4M in arbitration. Now the Pads have 3 sandwich picks, along with two 1st rounders.

    • bbxxj 5 years ago

      Other than their original first rounder where did they get the other one? Did the Pads fail to sign their first round pick last year?

      • 42214221 5 years ago

        yes ya

      • Kevin Charity 5 years ago

        Yep, Karsten Whitson, their 1st rounder, went to Florida, giving the Padres another 1st, along with their actual pick. They offered arbitration to Garland, Torrealba, and Correia, so they could have 5 picks in the 1st 60. Huge for a team that refuses to spend money.

    • johnsilver 5 years ago

      No offense, but somebody has to give him a MLB contract 1st, or wait him out until AFTER the June draft and given he stank it up in the most pitcher friendly park in MLB and lost his rotation spot to boot? Wouldn’t be holding my breath.

  4. The Padres should be OK with Latos/Richard/Stauffer/Luebke + FA. They would still have Leblanc and Ramos as emergency 5th starters and Castro could get a taste this year, although I think Castro will have to wait until September unless things go horribly wrong at the MLB level.

    • it’s not OK for the Padres they need 1 or 2 veterans it’s O.K. that Kevin decline arbitration tho.

      • Yes, my + FA was meaning a veteran. I was hoping they would bring back Chris Young on an incentive deal, but that doesnt look like it will happen. Besides, veteran pitchers in SD are not as necessary to the young staff when you have Balsley and Bud Black.

      • Yes, my + FA was meaning a veteran. I was hoping they would bring back Chris Young on an incentive deal, but that doesnt look like it will happen. Besides, veteran pitchers in SD are not as necessary to the young staff when you have Balsley and Bud Black.

    • Ferrariman 5 years ago

      leubke is on the Indians. He was part of the Ryan Ludwick/Jake Westbrook 3 way trade.

    • Ferrariman 5 years ago

      leubke is on the Indians. He was part of the Ryan Ludwick/Jake Westbrook 3 way trade.

    • Beersy 5 years ago

      I would like the Padres to at least contact Jeff Francis’ agent. If he could stay healthy, I know it’s a big if, he could really excel at Petco. Not only is Petco a haven for any pitcher, but one leaving Coors Field would be a God send.

  5. Yet another draft pick when Correia signs with another team. The Padres will have 5 or so picks in top 60.

    • I just hope they draft aggresively and go after high upside players. They have plenty of major league replacement or average players in their system… e.g. darnell, forsythe, hefner, robertson, hunter…. but very few “impact players”.

      • I have faith in Hoyer thus far. I do believe James Darnell will project to be more than Avg on the MLB level. I think it will be a combination of both and money (like last year) will be strongly invested in the draft, hopefully this year they will sign. Not that it was the Padres fault that Whitson did not.

      • I have faith in Hoyer thus far. I do believe James Darnell will project to be more than Avg on the MLB level. I think it will be a combination of both and money (like last year) will be strongly invested in the draft, hopefully this year they will sign. Not that it was the Padres fault that Whitson did not.

      • Beersy 5 years ago

        If last year was any indication, they will be aggressive. even by not getting Whitson in the fold, they drafted some other guys who had strong college commitments(Barbato, Vanegas and Dore) and had some pretty big offers on the table for these guys when the deadline went down. The only pick they may go conservative with is the compensation pick for Whitson because as I’m sure you know they have to sign that pick and won’t be able to get another compensation pick.

        Hoyer and McLeod were part of some pretty impressive drafts in Boston and I’m sure that all the decisions weren’t made by Epstein. As long as Moorad can find some money to pay these picks, I think the Padres will do alright in this years draft.

  6. Millwood and Padilla would be nice to add to the Padres pitching core.

  7. crashcameron 5 years ago

    Kevin Correia is turning down $4 million freakin’ dollars!?!?!?!?!
    that’s like me turning down a threesome! sure to be another offer next week. maybe even a foursome.
    does he not know he is Kevin freakin’ Correia???

    • He wants to start

    • Sam_Lee 5 years ago

      I’d guess he’ll make more elsewhere. Why should he turn that down? Plus, he might not want to play for a rebuilding team.

  8. johnnycomelately9 5 years ago

    Millwood would not be a nice pick up. Padilla only on a 1 year deal; but even still the team can probably find better. I’d like to see them go after Webb or Bedard. They have multiple starters so why not take a chance on a high reward player. Castro is also close to ready.

    Also before last year’s draft Whiston’s dad said they wouldn’t turn down a 2 million offer; they agreed in principle on 2.1 million but then Whiston got told he could get more and he wanted to be paid like a top 5 draft pick. They made their final offer at 2.15 which was a price between the 8th and 10th pick. So now the padres will have 5 early picks with the first coming at number 10. Many evaluators think this is a very deep draft, and that gives the pads a great chance to propel their system. They already have great depth throughout their system; but this is a chance for them to go after above average talent.

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