The Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Kevin Correia from the Minnesota Twins late Saturday in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.
The Dodgers are expected to make a corresponding 40-man roster move later tonight.
“Kevin gives us an additional option as a starter or long reliever,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement. “He also supplies us with more veteran pitching depth for the stretch drive.”
Colletti and Correia have a history going back to 2002, when the San Francisco Giants under then-assistant GM Colletti drafted Correia in the fourth round out of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.
The 33-year-old right-hander became a starting pitcher full-time in 2008, his last year with the Giants. Since then, he’s pitched for San Diego (2009-10), Pittsburgh (2011-12) and Minnesota (2013-14) and has never posted an ERA-plus above 97. Based on those recent numbers, a bullpen role might suit him better.
The Dodgers lost swingman Paul Maholm to a season-ending knee injury last week. Josh Beckett was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday. They acquired Roberto Hernandez from the Philadelphia Phillies, and he took Beckett’s place in the rotation; Carlos Frias took Maholm’s role in the bullpen.
It remains to be seen how Correia will fit into the new mix along with Frias, Hernandez and struggling starter Dan Haren, who has a 7.92 ERA since July 1.
As repertoire goes, Correia relies primarily on a low-90s fastball, sinker and cutter. He also has a changeup, slider that he typically saves for right-handed hitters, and a curveball that he’ll use most often in two-strike counts.
Correia was selected to the 2011 National League All-Star team as a member of the Pirates and has appeared in 344 games (213 starts) in 12 Major League seasons.
With the Twins this season, Correia was 5-13 with a 4.94 ERA in 23 starts, including 13 quality starts and 16 starts of six or more innings. He led the American League in losses but has pitched well away from Target Field this season, posting a 3.17 ERA (23 ER/65.1 IP) in 11 road starts, and has gone 2-0 with a 3.50 ERA (7 ER/18.0 IP) in three starts against the National League West, with victories against Colorado and San Diego.
The San Diego native graduated from Grossmont High School.
Update (10:58 p.m.): The Minnesota Twins are playing in Oakland, where Correia addressed reporters after the Twins’ 9-4 loss Saturday.
“It’s nice to be able to go somewhere and play important baseball,” he said. “It’s a place I’m very familiar with.”