Sources are reporting that Ned Colletti and the Los Angeles Dodgers have traded for Minnesota Twins righty, Kevin Correia. Correia, 33 (will turn 34 later this month) has bounced around the league since making his debut in San Francisco in 2003.
The move comes just days after the Dodgers sent two prospects to Philadelphia for Roberto Hernandez after Josh Beckett tore his labrum. The move makes sense for the Dodgers, who are gearing up for another playoff run, and are currently 3.5 games ahead of the second-place San Francisco Giants. In return, Minnesota will either receive cash considerations or a PTBNL.
Correia is 5-13 with a 4.93 ERA, with a 61/32 K:BB ratio. It is not clear at this moment where Correia will immediately report to. In a corresponding move, the Twins have called up former Oakland Athletics pitcher Tommy Milone, who will make Correia’s scheduled start on Monday.
The Dodgers had been linked to several pitching targets–including David Price, Cole Hamels, and Jon Lester—but their unwillingness to part with their “Big Three” prospect core of Jose Urias, Corey Seager, and Joc Pedersen effectively halted those talks.
The deal makes sense for both sides, the Twins have made it clear that they are looking to move any parts that have any trade value during their rebuild; the Dodgers, meanwhile, are looking for pitching depth for their playoff push. Correia is an “innings eater” at best, as he won’t be competing for any Cy Young Awards anytime soon; however, he should be a good enough fifth starter for the rest of the regular season. L.A. would then have to decide whether to pitch him out of the ‘pen, or to leave him off of their playoff roster, assuming they are in the playoffs.