PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 4: Kevin Correia #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Houston Astros during the game on July 4, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Pittsburgh Pirates are motivated to deal right-hander Kevin Correia before Tuesday's July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. With the acquisition of Wandy Rodriguez, Correia has found himself as the odd man out and has been transitioned into the bullpen. But because he's only owed $1 million rest of the season, he could be a nice acquisition for a team with a limited budget (and assets) looking for a starting pitcher.
A source says #pirates are motivated to move Correia even though he's won six straight decisions. He's 8-6 with a 4.24 ERA.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 26, 2012
Correia is owed only $1 million the rest of this season. Potential low-cost option for teams who aren't in Greinke-Johnson mix.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 26, 2012
The 31-year-old has posted a 4.24 ERA across 108 1/3 innings of work (19 starts) on the season, along with a 4.2 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9. But, again, he's owed just $1 million rest of the season and is a free-agent at season's end. Correia would make sense for a team not looking to add payroll.