Minnesota Twins to Sign Starting Pitcher Kevin Correia

Matt LindholmContributor IIDecember 10, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 14:  Kevin Correia #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 14, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Twins have reportedly reached an deal with former Padres and Pirates starting pitcher Kevin Correia, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports via Twitter:

"Kevin Correia is headed for the #twins, Sources confirm. @jcrasnick says it'll be 2-yr deal."

@jcrasnick, or rather, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, was the first to report that Minnesota and Correia nearly reached a deal worth $10 million over two years.

Over the course of last season, Correia went 12-11 with a 4.21 ERA and a .267 BAA through 171.0 innings pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  For his career, Correia is 60-65 with a 4.54 ERA, and a .272 BAA through 159 games started. 

Correia should be solid for a Twins team whose rotation ranked amongst the AL's worst in 2012. Seeing that the 32-year-old has been a full-time starter for the last four seasons at the major league level, Correia will be bring a much needed veteran presence to the Twins' starting corps .  Over this time period, Correia has pitched a solid 46-43 record and a 4.51 ERA.

Due to Correia's stats and playing history, he isn't going to be a superstar ace for the Twins.  However, he could bring much-needed consistency similar to what Nick Blackburn did in 2008 and 2009 (a .500 record with a 4.00-ish ERA).