Dodgers Acquire Kevin Correia For Some Reason

Well, at least now we know who the “Paul Maholm replacement” is. In news that probably is best suited for late Saturday/early Sunday, the Dodgers announced that they have traded for the Twins’ right-handed pitcher Kevin Correia, in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.

In one way, Correia perfectly and hilariously fills the mold of the Paul Maholm replacement: he doesn’t strike anybody out, ever. In the last four years, these are Correia’s K/9 values: 4.50, 4.68, 4.90, 4.24. Over that time span, he has the lowest strikeout rate of any pitcher with at least 500 innings by far. Among pitchers with at least 70 innings this season, Correia has the lowest swinging strike rate, 5.3%. Maholm was 5th at 5.7%. I guess Colletti was speaking literally.

Correia has posted an ERA of 4.94 this season, about 27% worse than league average after adjusting for the AL and Target Field. He’s still managed to be worth almost a win above replacement level, mostly since his HR/FB rate is 7.0% (a bit lower than the league average). Scarily, Correia is allowing a nearly career high rate of fly balls, and combined with the fluke-ish nature of HR/FB ratio, this could be a huge red flag. Correia’s xFIP and SIERA are around 5, matching his mediocre ERA.

It is unclear at this time if “Paul Maholm role” means swing-man or not. Correia does have bullpen experience, but he hasn’t pitched more than 10 games in a season in relief since he was on the Giants in 2007. He pitched three games in relief for the 2012 Pirates, but hasn’t pitched out of the bullpen since. Maybe this is a way to limit Dan Haren‘s innings (six man rotation) or maybe the Dodgers do plan to use him out of the bullpen (replacing Carlos Frias) for now. Either way, his fit on the team isn’t immediately apparent.

Correia isn’t very good, but neither were the other available options, as both Mike and I looked at last week. If this acquisition occured before the Roberto Hernandez trade, it would have made more sense. This move, moreso than the last pitching depth move, seems like an unnecessary grab of a veteran. Unless Haren is injured, Correia provides little utility over what the Dodgers have, even if Josh Beckett is indeed out for the year. Even so, the drawback isn’t clear either, so the immediate response is probably just “meh.” Hopefully he doesn’t screw things up too badly.


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Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area and remains a Dodger fan despite currently residing in Salem, MA. As an engineer, he’s fascinated by the math and science behind the game of baseball, which probably explains a lot. He started “Blog To The Score” in late 2013 to dig deeper into the numbers behind the Dodgers. In its brief lifespan, it gained attention from local and national media. You can find him spending too much time in the comments section or on Twitter.


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 tomato
tomato

wTBS is showing game for LA/OC/IE crew

KMT59
KMT59

Can't believe it SNLA is on before the threat is up

PJ14
PJ14

Hanley is hurt?



KMT59
KMT59

Break out the grimaces ^_^

KMT59
KMT59

OK...midnight hour in full throttle

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

Skaggs' injury sucks, but the thing that really sucks is that Tommy John is for the most part, preventable

KMT59
KMT59

I have an extra ticket for the Sunday 8/24/14 game against the Mets @Dodger Stadium - Matt Kemp Figurine Day

I had to buy 4 seats so that my son could have his own... so you'll have to share the game with my family


since I consider this ticket as sunk cause I'll be willing to give this ticket for
$50 ticket value is close to $500

I'm also thinking about giving up the ticket for my son's seat (who I can get into the stadium without a ticket) for $25.

The $25 ticket will get you free wolfgang puck meals, and access to the whole park but not the seat behind the dugout.

There are plenty of single seats available for this game. http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/MLBEventInfo?agency=MLB&pid=7651784&tfl=Los_Angeles_Dodgers-Schedule-2014_Promotional_Schedule-na-a0

The seat is located in Dugout Club section 4 rows behind the dodger dugout. It has in-seat service and the nice restaurant under the stands.


The person that gets chosen will have to make their own way to Dodger Stadium.


Now this won't be a 1st come 1st serve type deal...I'll take all comers and then choose by assigning a number and using a random generator to perform the drawing.

 I'll perform the drawing very soon

There will be 2 separate drawings

only 7 yes' so far for the $50 extra seat behind the dugout.  14% chance

only 3 yes for the admission and free food for $25 - 33% chance

You can either respond here to me or I'll put up my masked e-mail address and you can respond to that...everyone is eligible [email protected]

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

It is really strange to me that people want Alex Guerrero brought up to play SS. Yet they will say at the same time that Turner is unacceptable there. Do we really expect Guerrero to be so good offensively?

moneynow27
moneynow27

Carl Crawford is hitting so well, that Don decided to move him up in the lineup to the no. 2.  And why is Puig not playing?  I'm with the guy below who wrote we should just DFA Crawford and let Joc play LF.....

 tomato
tomato

@KMT59 

was thinking of entering, but can't make it

50 dollars a steal

moneynow27
moneynow27

@ tomato @moneynow27  @TellMyWifeISaidHello


Every player in baseball makes a lot of money.....ok, so they can't DFA him, but that doesn't mean he has to play everyday; his defense is weak, and he can't hit?   Is there any value there I'm missing?

 tomato
tomato

@moneynow27  @TellMyWifeISaidHello @ tomato 

If the argument to be made is CC is valuable, he's not.  His numbers statistically from any measure is poor to awful.  You want to make an argument that he brings more speed and defense than some alternative, fine, whatever.  Doesn't change the fact he can't hit a lick this year.  

moneynow27
moneynow27

@ tomato @moneynow27  @TellMyWifeISaidHello


Thank you, and I totally agree.  Line drive rate for me is a not a reason to play someone everyday......I think SVS has the best OBP on the team, SSS, but still.....yet he doesn't play.....and if given more of a chance vs. RH, then you can evaluate him.