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Twins trade Kevin Correia to the Dodgers

Aug 10, 2014, 12:42 AM EDT

Kevin Correia AP’s Rhett Bollinger reports that the Twins have traded starter Kevin Correia to the Dodgers for a player to be named later. Left-hander Tommy Milone has been recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Correia’s spot in the rotation.

Correia, 33, struggled in 23 starts, accruing a league-leading 13 losses with a 4.94 ERA and a 61/32 K/BB ratio over 129 1/3 innings. The Dodgers, however, just lost Josh Beckett for the season. Though they recently acquired Roberto Hernandez from the Phillies, they are still thin on starting pitching depth. Correia is eligible for free agency after the season, when the two-year, $10 million deal he signed with the Twins in December 2012 expires.

The Twins acquired Milone from the Athletics at the trade deadline in exchange for outfielder Sam Fuld. In his only start with Rochester, Milone allowed a run on six hits and a pair of walks while striking out three over seven innings. He made 16 starts at the big league level for the Athletics, posting a 3.55 ERA with a 61/26 K/BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings. Milone will start on Monday for the Twins, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

  1. penguins87and71 - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    I know the Dodgers have great starting pitchers in Clayton Kershaw, Zack Grienke, and Hyun Jin Ryu, but if I’m a Dodgers fan I would not feel comfortable with Roberto Hernandez or Kevin Correia as my as my 4th starter in a playoff series.

    • geejon - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      There’s an obvious drop-off when you reach their #4 but how many teams can’t you say that about other than perhaps the Tigers. Hernandez has a 3.80 ERA on the year. That’s not bad at all.

      Besides, in a 7 game series it’s almost a crapshoot. Guys go hot and cold for a week all the time. The Braves’ elite rotation in the 90’s saw them lose series after series to teams who didn’t have nearly the rotation they did. The Tigers, after acquiring Price, just lost 3 of 4 to a decimated Yankees squad filled with retreads and patched together with glue and tape. In baseball the name of the game is getting into the playoffs and then it’s almost a coin flip as the differences between playoff squads are negligible.

  2. sisisisisisisi - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    They are overhyped, overrated, overspending on some of players and way overcharged their customers with cable.

    • kingscourt25 - Aug 10, 2014 at 5:55 AM

      And still the best team in the NL record wise

      • sisisisisisisi - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM

        #1 payroll with $240M in the Wretched West, 10-4 vs Arizona, 9-4 vs Colorado, 7-3 vs San Diego, only 6-7 vs San Francisco

        How pathetic is that?????

        Carry on, son!

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        You spend your life counting reasons to hate the Dodgers, and then plop yourself on message boards to bitch about them.

        THAT is really pathetic, Son.

      • trublu923 - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:26 AM

        That’s a .647 winning % in the West. How does that help your argument that they’re over rated?

  3. migoli - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:54 AM

    Ding dong the witch is dead! Thank god correia is gone!

    • bkunza - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Now if only they would have included Nolasco.

  4. mplsjoe - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Correia was terrible for the Twins. But he’s a better NL guy than an AL guy. A little depth for the Dodgers can’t hurt.

    • twinfan24 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      He had streaks of really good pitching. But, when he was bad, he was really bad. While he didn’t pitch great, his record is actually more an indication of the Twins poor offense this season, as he lost quite a few close games.

      • mplsjoe - Aug 10, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        Correira’s ERA is 4.94. He gave up 30 more hits than innings pitched, and he struck out a measly 61 in 127 innings. None of that has to do with the offense. He was terrible.

  5. gargamelsmentor - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    I get the feeling that the Dodgers sometimes make trades just for the hell of it.

  6. jss1330 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Please let the PTBNL be Roberto Hernandez.

  7. nicofthenorthstar - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    The twins way: bring in garbage retreads and try to sell it as a bargain pick up on a guy with huge upside that is just waiting for the right setting to show his stuff. Funny thing is, more often than not you see guys’ best stuff when they finally escape this crappy ball club.

  8. dannyboy1313 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    At least the Twins got nothing in return for nothing…

  9. geejon - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    I’m assuming he’ll take the role of emergency starter/long reliever but if they were going to acquire such a guy it should have been a LHP who can also come in and get a LHB out if needed. I swear I’ve never heard of a bullpen with only one LH reliever but they seem intent on running Howell into the ground and if he ends up gassed in September (like Paco Rodriguez last year) they’re gonna wonder why.

  10. 1twinsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Could we give them Sam Deduno and Rick Anderson as a bonus? I expect two things at the end of the season – Gardy loses his job and Doug Mientkiewicz is the new skipper.

    • mplsjoe - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      Two words: Paul Molitor

  11. schrutebeetfarms - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    @ 1twinsfan. Gardy may lose his job, but no chance Dougie Baseball is named manager. needs more seasoning.

    • dluxxx - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM


  12. brucewayne3561 - Aug 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    The Dodgers play in the weakest division in all of MLB & Havnt won anything in over 25 years! Add in all of that for a $240 million dollar payroll! Their pathetic fans keep up this illusion of them having the greatest pitching staff in baseball! How do u figure? These Bums are the most OVERATED & OVERPAID team in all of sports!

  13. Fantasy Football Consultant - Aug 10, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    The Dodgers haven’t even peaked yet, Batman. Where are they overrated?

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