Kevin Correia Requests Trade

6:38pm: The Pirates have put a high price tag on Correia, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (on Twitter).

5:40pm: Right-hander Kevin Correia, who lost his rotation spot to the newly acquired Wandy Rodriguez, has asked the Pirates for a trade, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The 31-year-old Correia has pitched to a 4.24 ERA with 4.2 K/9, 2.5 BB/9 and a solid 51 percent ground-ball rate entering play today. Correia is making $3MM in the final season of a two-year, $8MM deal that he signed with the Pirates in December of 2010.

General manager Neal Huntington said that the plan for Correia is to work out of the bullpen for now, but he predicts Correia will be used for some spot starts down the line. Huntington did acknowledge that a move to the bullpen could damage Correia's free agent value this offseason. Huntington went on record as saying the team is open to trading Correia, but only if it makes the Major League team better.

Biertempfel writes that the Pirates are still looking for an upgrade at a corner outfield spot, first base, or shortstop as well as bench help. Several teams are searching for starting pitching, including the Orioles and Braves, although it's not clear that buyers would view Correia as an upgrade to their current options. Correia made his first relief appearance today and allowed four runs on five hits and a walk in just two innings, which certainly doesn't make him any more attractive to other teams.


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77 Comments on "Kevin Correia Requests Trade"


3 years 1 month ago

there is your major league starter Twins ; ;

3 years 1 month ago

Good, I hope this messes with Pitt’s team chemistry

3 years 1 month ago

he was arguably their worst starter this year if you’ve watched any of their games. if anything, keeping him around will ruin their chemistry down the road.

nepp
3 years 1 month ago

He sounds like one hell of a “team first” guy with this demand…

3 years 1 month ago

not saying he’s a dugout cancer or anything, just saying that the last thing this young Pirates team needs is a player who doesn’t want to be there. it affects the mood of the team.

sportsnut969
3 years 1 month ago

This guy is a stiff starter 4.2 in the national league = a near 5 era in the American League which = Garbage Starter JMHO.

3 years 1 month ago

no argument here. he was one of their worst starters (which i pointed out in my original reply). my point is that keeping him around when he doesn’t want to be here (since being moved to the bullpen) could affect the attitude of the rest of the players.

jayrig5
3 years 1 month ago

That was my thought as well. A starter can get hurt at any time, and then you’re back in the rotation down the stretch contending for a playoff spot.

3 years 1 month ago

not saying he’s a locker room cancer or anything, but i’m just saying that if someone wants out, keeping him around affects the attitude of the rest of the team.

coach_coryell
3 years 1 month ago

sorry but anyone who wishes ill on the pirates run this season is simply a poor sport.

3 years 1 month ago

Or a team competing against them…

James Attwood
3 years 1 month ago

Pretty sure the Pirates have already been trying to unload him. He has no room to be getting uppity with what he has given them for the past few years.

Devon Henry
3 years 1 month ago

Solid number five in most rotations.

NYPOTENCE
3 years 1 month ago

Maybe even #4 with those numbers.

Devern Hansack
3 years 1 month ago

He has a collective 0.1 WAR over his last 407.1 IP. He really isn’t good at all.

3 years 1 month ago

Actually war isn’t everything.

nepp
3 years 1 month ago

Good joke and all but in this case, its pretty indicative of his actual value.

Wes Whitenack
3 years 1 month ago

His K rate is underwhelming, his walk rate isn’t that much better, and his homer rate is high, so he’s been very much replacement level.

nepp
3 years 1 month ago

Please explain why Correia is better than his WAR indicates…

3 years 1 month ago

war!! what is it good for?

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

Evaluating players, duh 😛

Sam Talarigo
3 years 1 month ago

Correia is not good enough to ask for a trade

3 years 1 month ago

hes a major leaguer, hes good enough.

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

I guess starting for a bad team is more important than helping out of the bullpen for a good one?

Crucisnh
3 years 1 month ago

I understand what you’re saying, Karkat. But as the article points out, Correia is in the last year of his contract, and being moved to the pen is bad for his free agent marketability. I don’t exactly blame him for being ticked off about that.

nepp
3 years 1 month ago

I think his ERA+ of 76 over the past 3 years will hurt him more.

Colin Christopher
3 years 1 month ago

I know you don’t blame him, but I do. It’s kind of ridiculous to ask to be traded from a team that looks like they’re headed to the playoffs for the first time in two decades. If he’s worried about his value, a move to the bullpen can only help him, because he sure hasn’t been a very effective starter for the last three years. Seriously…if your favorite team needed to sign a free agent starting pitcher, would you hope for Kevin Correia? Not even Houston, Colorado, or Minnesota fans would clamor for that.

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

This was mostly my thought. Correia strikes me as somehow who very well may NOT be aided by getting 10 more starts in this year. Showing flexibility and going “hey look I was decent starting” is going to be a better selling point than “I was pretty decent throughout my first 20 starts but um please don’t look at my August and September starts…”

Crucisnh
3 years 1 month ago

Taking one for the team and going to the bullpen isn’t going to do one darned thing for Correia in free agency. And frankly, I don’t think that the fact that he’s asked to be traded from the Pirates in their first good playoff chase in decades matters either. If he wants to be a starter (and get paid like a starter) moving forward, he needs to be a starter somewhere.

EightMileCats
3 years 1 month ago

Know what else is bad for his FA marketability? Not being better than Eric Bedard

mlbscout6
3 years 1 month ago

Haha, nice one 8mile. But keep in mind that even lesser athletes take pride in their craft.

Gothapotamus
3 years 1 month ago

I bet he’s sitting at home right now, polishing his Cy Young awards, waiting to be traded.

3 years 1 month ago

so you have to be a winner of multiple Cy Young awards to want to be traded because of the role you have on the team? got it.

nepp
3 years 1 month ago

Well, a SP with an ERA+ of 80 in his last 5 seasons are always in high demand. Particularly when they are making $3 million a year.

To put his greatness into perspective, there are 63 SP that have at least 700 IP in the last 5 seasons. Kevin is 63rd in WAR in that period. He’s that good. He essentially defines Replacement Level.

WrigleyTerror37
3 years 1 month ago

maybe a trade to the twins for Chris Parmelee i know Parrmelee is good friends with G.Jones. Chris could help at 1b but its just a thought

$1529282
3 years 1 month ago

Right. The Twins are going to trade five years of one of their Top 5 prospects and only advanced Minor League hitters for 2 months of a guy who might net them an extra win in what could be a 100-loss season.

I swear, do people even think before they suggest these things?

Sky14
3 years 1 month ago

You lost me when you claimed Parmalee as one of the Twins top 5 prospects. Who do you put him ahead of out of Buxton, Rosario, Sano, Arcia, and Hicks?

$1529282
3 years 1 month ago

Valid. Top 10 is a better description. It doesn’t change the absurdity of the proposal.

3 years 1 month ago

Did you just call Chris Parmelee a top 5 Twins prospect? A 1B without much power and who cannot hit left handed pitchers isn’t a great profile.

I still wouldn’t trade him for Correria, but he’s not even a top 12 twins guy.

Matt Rennick
3 years 1 month ago

Good for him. I would be pissed too to have a guy come in and push me to the bullpen. Send him back to the Padres, we’ll take him

leachim2
3 years 1 month ago

No, no we won’t.

nepp
3 years 1 month ago

I bet you’d make one heck of a great teammate.

3 years 1 month ago

Deal to twins. Now that lirianao is gone they could use an innings eater

Joshua McBean
3 years 1 month ago

Would be a great pick up for orioles…could help struggling rotation and wont have to give up much

3 years 1 month ago

maybe correia and another piece to orioles for reynolds.

3 years 1 month ago

Correia for Choo choes. lol.
This is most likely a fail ;c

mgsports
3 years 1 month ago

Maybe Justin M. to the Pirates,Kevin Correia to Red Sox and one of Boston’s OF to MInnesota?

asovermann
3 years 1 month ago

Willingham, Span and Revere are all actually having pretty nice seasons. The Twins don’t really have an OF need.

Sky14
3 years 1 month ago

The Twins are trying to trade Span for pitching. They are not trying to add more OFs at the expense of their 1st basemen.

leachim2
3 years 1 month ago

Oh, so now instead of a pack of gum they want a bucket of balls.

3 years 1 month ago

Thats smart. Lets demote someone to the pen and then ask for a high return in trading him when he is a FA after the season. Is Huntington on crack?

Todd Smith
3 years 1 month ago

…because he would have been better off saying, “Please! Somebody take him! We’ll take anything!”

Why not ask for a lot two days before the deadline? Maybe somebody will be foolish enough to pay it. If nothing else, maybe they get still get more than they should when they lower their asking price. Makes more sense to start high and work your way down than the other way around.

OrangeCards
3 years 1 month ago

There’s something about “demoted to bullpen” and “high price tag” that doesn’t mesh.

vtadave
3 years 1 month ago

“The Pirates have put a high price tag on Correia, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (on Twitter).”
Since when was Correia code for “valuable major league starter”?

YaGottaBelieve11
3 years 1 month ago

Corner outfielder you say? How’s Jason Bay for Correia straight up sound?

3 years 1 month ago

The Pirates have put a high price tag on Correia, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports

Baaaaaahahahahaha