The Correia signing seems to be finding it's way into a bunch of different threads. Comment or don't; whatever. I'm already jaded, sorry for the tone.
The worst part about this deal is, unlike Marquis, with that 2nd year attached to Correia, no way will the Twins DFA him in June if he's getting lit up and a minor leaguer is kicking down the door ready for his chance. He's probably untradeable as well unless the Twins eat most of his contract.
So the rotation thus far: Worley, Diamond, Correia, Hendriks, Gibson. Assuming the Twins DO sign another FA starter, Hendricks or Gibson are starting in Rochester or the pen. What happens if everyone stays healthy and the odd man out pitches lights out and deserves a rotation spot? Do the Twins really have it in them to toss their new $10 million starter in the bullpen that quickly? Doubt it. No move would have been better than this move.
Of course my second biggest issue with the signing is that he's and extreme ground ball pitcher who can't strike anyone out and has a terrible defense behind him. Someone did remind me that the Tigers infield defense is worse, of couse they have four guys in the roation with a K/9 +7.5. The Twins have a poor defense and already had the worst K/9 in the league.
I wasn't expecting much in 2013, but this pitcher is not a match for this team. After the excitement of the return Terry Ryan got for Ben Revere, I guess I was expecting smarter moves. Correia is a replacement level pitcher, Ryan could have had his pick of guys just as (in)effective come January or February and none of them would have required a two year deal. I would have even prefered a guy like Carl Pavano, who would have had no illusions of getting a two-year deal and has at least shown the ability to pitch in the AL.
Ryan's evaluation of pitchers remains poor as it always has been. I don't want to sound like a *******, but when this team finally has the young prospects up, and is looking for the complimentary pieces needed to compete in two years and beyond, I don't trust Ryan to make the right decisions. His track record with starting pitchers is beyond dreadful and this signing just highlights that he hasn't learned from past mistakes.