Rob Biertempfel reports:
Right-hander Kevin Correia, who last week was taken out of the starting rotation, has asked the Pirates to trade him. “I want to start,” Correia said. “For that to happen, I’ll have to go someplace else.”
I think that can be arranged.
Seriously, at this point, just trade the guy to anybody who is willing to take him on. He is not one of the top five starters on the ML roster and probably isn’t even the sixth or seventh best on the 40-man roster. If he is upset about being in the bullpen, then he will serve little use there. The last thing this team needs is someone who is upset or uncomfortable with their role on the team, and Kevin Correia obviously feels like he is being misused.
The Pirates also have plenty of options internally if Correia were to be moved. Indianapolis’ roster is littered with relief pitchers who are dominating that level knocking on the door. Juan Cruz will also be coming off the disabled list shortly. There really is little need for Correia, who has literally been the definition of “replacement level” over the past three years (0.0 WAR in ’10, 0.0 WAR in ’11, 0.1 WAR in ’12).