The Los Angeles Dodgers have picked up that extra arm for the stretch run, but it’s not necessarily the kind of guy fans had in mind. After passing on the big arms available before the deadline, the Dodgers on Saturday worked a deal with the Minnesota Twins to bring in right hander Kevin Correia. The Twins will receive a player to be named later.
The 33-year-old Correia is 5-13 this year with a 4.94 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 61/32 K-to-BB in 129 1/3 innings. Needless to say, he is no David Price/Jon Lester/John Lackey. But the Dodgers were desperate for an arm with Josh Beckett and Paul Maholm going down, and this is what post-deadline desperation gets you. They also brought in Roberto Hernandez in a trade from the Phillies, so they’ve given themselves options at least.
One wonders now what the Dodgers might have done before the deadline had they known they would have to shut down Josh Beckett.
The trade of Correia allows the Twins to call up left handed pitcher Tommy Milone, who was acquired before the deadline from the A’s in exchange for outfielder Sam Fuld. Milone you recall was the pitcher sent down to the minors by the A’s to make room for Jeff Samardzija after they acquired him from the Cubs.
The Dodgers are just hoping that one of these marginal pitchers they’ve picked up will give them some solid innings the last couple months of the season. They also have some long relief options for the postseason now, assuming they make it.