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Minnesota Twins to Sign Starting Pitcher Kevin Correia

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 14:  Kevin Correia #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 14, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Matt LindholmContributor IIDecember 10, 2012

The Minnesota Twins have reportedly reached an deal with former Padres and Pirates starting pitcher Kevin Correia, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports via Twitter:

"Kevin Correia is headed for the #twins, Sources confirm. @jcrasnick says it'll be 2-yr deal."

@jcrasnick, or rather, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, was the first to report that Minnesota and Correia nearly reached a deal worth $10 million over two years.

Over the course of last season, Correia went 12-11 with a 4.21 ERA and a .267 BAA through 171.0 innings pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  For his career, Correia is 60-65 with a 4.54 ERA, and a .272 BAA through 159 games started. 

Correia should be solid for a Twins team whose rotation ranked amongst the AL's worst in 2012. Seeing that the 32-year-old has been a full-time starter for the last four seasons at the major league level, Correia will be bring a much needed veteran presence to the Twins' starting corps .  Over this time period, Correia has pitched a solid 46-43 record and a 4.51 ERA.

Due to Correia's stats and playing history, he isn't going to be a superstar ace for the Twins.  However, he could bring much-needed consistency similar to what Nick Blackburn did in 2008 and 2009 (a .500 record with a 4.00-ish ERA).

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