Right-handed should-be-starting pitcher Kevin Correia isn't going to lead a team to the promised land, but he is good enough to prevent them from failing to get there.
This veteran, who was recently displaced from the starting rotation with the Pittsburgh Pirates, is a solid addition to any team with a hole in their rotation, and depending on how dark and deep the hole in the rotation it is not out of the question to say he could bring three extra wins.
Correia is 8-6 with a 4.49 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. He is not a world beater, but a team would know they will almost always get at least five innings per start that leaves them with a chance to win.
Of course, the biggest reason Correia's name is coming up at the typically big-name dominated trade deadline is that he is readily available.
Rob Biertempfel of TribLive.com, shared a quote Correia where he says, "I want to start. For that to happen, I’ll have to go someplace else,”
Biertempfel followed that up with a quote from Pirates GM Neal Huntington admitting the team was "open to a trade."
If the following tweet by CBS Sports' Jon Heyman is to be believed, then their openness to that trade comes with a big price tag.
hear #pirates have put a high price tag on kevin correia (8-6, 4.24), one of the better pitchers ever bounced to the pen— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 29, 2012
Now, of course the Pirates want it out there that they aren't just going to give him away, they need to maximize his value. The reality is though, that it won't take a ton of value to make the Pirates part with a pitcher they don't particularly have a need for.
Here are three teams that do have a need for him.
Toronto Blue Jays, 51-50
It appears like the Blue Jays are going to buyers at this deadline, and with their starting pitchers dropping like flies, the Blue Jays are looking everywhere for pitching help. Correia would be a nice pickup.
He would give this staff some much needed stability with his innings and veteran presence.
Atlanta Braves, 57-44
The Braves have been on the lookout for pitching, and were reportedly Ryan Dempster waving his no-trade clause away from landing the Cubs ace.
Admittedly, trading for Correia does not make nearly as big an impact as landing Dembster, but he would add much needed experience and reliability at the bottom of their rotation, and it shouldn't keep them from pursuing a bigger deal.
Boston Red Sox, 51-51
The Red Sox need more than Correia, but Boston needs fresh arms any way they can get them. They also appear to be looking to shake things up as there are serious rumors they want to part ways with Josh Beckett.
At this point, Boston should be eyeing every pitcher. They could see how the market plays out for Correia while working on bigger deals. They need all the sources of quality innings they can get and Correia would be a solid starting point.