The Phillies have signed right-hander Kevin Correia to a major-league contract, according to an official team announcement. Correia recently opted out of his minor-league deal with the Giants after opening the season with Triple-A Sacramento.
Correia will earn $650K as a base salary on the deal, with another $400K available in incentives based on games started and awards, according to a report from Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.
Correia, 34, was successful in six starts with Sacramento, posting a 3.58 ERA in 37.2 innings while striking out 25. He is a veteran of twelve major-league seasons with the Giants (2003-2008), Padres (2009-2010), Pirates (2011-2012), Twins (2013-2014) and Dodgers (2014), and is the owner of a 4.59 ERA and one All-Star appearance in 353 career appearances (216 starts).
For the Phillies, Correia will likely slot into a depleted rotation behind Cole Hamels, Aaron Harang, Jerome Williams and Sean O'Sullivan, and could provide depth later in the season if Hamels and/or Harang are traded to a contender. If Correia pitches well between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the Phillies may be able to turn him into a trade chip due to the need for pitching that will likely arise as the summer drags on.