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Updated: December 10th, 2012 9:54pm
Twins reportedly sign contact-prone Kevin Correia for 2 years, $10 mil

Twins reportedly sign contact-prone Kevin Correia for 2 years, $10 mil

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Twins have added some help to the bottom of their pitching rotation.

Or, at the very least, they added a body.

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Twins have agreed to terms with veteran right-hander Kevin Correia on a two-year, $10 million deal.

Correia, 32, posted a 4.21 ERA in 171 innings with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, striking out 89 while walking 46. In his 10-year major league career -- all in the National League -- Correia owns a 4.54 ERA.

The Twins have placed special emphasis on hard-throwing strikeout pitchers in the draft and through trades recently, but over the past two seasons only six starting pitchers have lower strikeout rates than Correia (4.65 strikeouts per nine innings), including three Twins pitchers (Nick Blackburn, Scott Diamond, Carl Pavano).

Over that same stretch, Correia has also allowed more contact (88%) than all but three pitchers.

Correia had previously never earned more than $4 million in any season, but the price for free agent starting pitchers has soared this offseason. Joe Blanton (two years, $15 million), Brandon McCarthy (two years, $15.5 million), Jeremy Guthrie (three years, $25 million) and Dan Haren (one year, $13 million) have all benefited greatly.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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