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Kevin Correia asks the Pirates to trade him

Jul 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Demoted to the bullpen last week so that Wandy Rodriguez could take his spot in the rotation, Kevin Correia has asked the Pirates to trade him.

“I want to start,” Correia told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. “For that to happen, I’ll have to go someplace else.”

He then went out and allowed four runs in his first relief appearance.

General manager Neil Huntington said the Pirates “are open to a trade, but it’s got to be something that makes us better.” And because Correia is unlikely to fetch much of a return Huntington may feel that keeping him around as rotation depth in case of an injury is more valuable.

Correia is certainly deserving of a spot in some team’s rotation, as he’s started 150 career games with a 4.63 ERA and has a 4.24 ERA in 19 starts this season. On the other hand 31-year-old back-of-the-rotation starters with $3 million salaries aren’t exactly a hot commodity, particularly when they’re impending free agents like Correia.

  1. forthand26 - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    There’s another option…you can start in Triple A.

    • harrysatchel - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      See Lannan, John

  2. redguy12588 - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Correia’s FIP is hoverinflated near 5. He’s not very good. Pitcher wins are stupid. Stop using them.

    • alang3131982 - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      Who used wins? The only mention of the stat is by you….

      • redguy12588 - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        Correia did, look at his comments to the media.

  3. Stiller43 - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    God correia sucks. Take anything you can get for him

  4. Francisco (FC) - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    He then went out and allowed four runs in his first relief appearance.

    Oh come on Gleeman, that’s just Correia’s way of emphasizing he’s better off in a rotation. Any rotation! Even a Crop Rotation.

  5. chc4 - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    He’ll be a Brave by 4pm tomorrow. He’s their typical target… cheap, marginally talented and hardly an upgrade over what they already have. But hey, they can say they’re trying.

    • - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      I’m shocked he’s not a Royal already.

  6. eshine76 - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    I guess being on a winning team, in the playoff hunt, and providing depth for your team should an arm go down isn’t good enough… I hear Houston is nice this time of year, you should check it out.

    I’d be ok with him asking for a trade after the season because he can go to the front office and say: “I did what you asked, but I’d rather be a starter in this league…” Now he’s just coming off as selfish.

  7. Jeff - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    4 earned runs in relief huh…trade him to Milwaukee, he’d fit in great w/ my Brewers, ha!

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