The Minnesota Twins are in the ending stages of another 90-loss season. That makes it three in a row in case you’re keeping score at home. The only good thing that can be said about three straight 90-loss seasons is that they weren’t three straight 100-loss seasons. Every dark cloud has a silver lining though and that is the case with the 2013 Twins as well. As they move forward they at least can take heart that Kevin Correia is one starting pitcher they can count on.
Before you check his stats and call me crazy, allow me to explain what I mean. They can count on him to give the team a chance to win in most games and dominate a few games now and then. Also he can be put down for 170 – 190 innings each season where his ERA will somewhere around 4.00 and his win total will be lower than it should be.
Correia is a great three to five slot starter for any team in the major leagues. He is reliable and seems to have a bit of a flare for the dramatic at times. Chances are he would pitch very well in a pennant race down the stretch. Because he is under contract through the end of the 2014 season the Twins don’t have to worry much about him. Correia only makes around 5 to 6 million bucks anyway.
I believe as long as he shows next season that he still has the same stuff he had this season, the Twins should sign him to an extension for a few more years. That would give them the chance to hopefully see him at least once in a pennant race. He also could be a very attractive trade chip next season if he happens to have a solid season once again. Either way I think he is a keeper for this franchise.