Even after a 9-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday to give them four wins in their last five games, the Minnesota Twins will still be clear-cut sellers once the All-Star break ends and the trade deadline nears. The market for some of their veterans is not likely to be great right now, but with just under three weeks to go before the deadline things could change.
Kevin Correia continued a solid recent run by allowing just one run over six innings on Saturday, and he has now gone at least six innings in seven straight starts with a 2.30 ERA over that span (43 innings). He has a been a victim of tough luck with the Twins have being shut out in three of those games, and if you go back to his last 11 starts Correia has a 3.22 ERA while going at least six innings 10 times.
Correia is making himself into Minnesota’s most tradeable asset, so general manager Terry Ryan will have to listen if any teams show interest. Looking at his career record, Correia’s worst month has been July (5.47 ERA entering Saturday’s outing), while he’s been at his best in September and October (3.68 ERA). Some of that late-season success could be chalked up to facing weaker lineups when rosters expand, but the nearly two run improvement in his ERA compared to July is still worth noting.
A look at Correia’s peripherals suggest he has been fortunate during this recent seven-start stretch, with 13 strikeouts and 12 walks in that span and opposing hitters posted an unsustainably lucky .234 BABIP over the six starts prior to Saturday.
Correia is in the final year of his contract, so that may have a few contending teams interested in him as July winds down. His next start will come after the All-Star break, during a lengthy homestand for the Twins, but that may not be a good thing since Correia has a 6.12 ERA in nine starts at Target Field this year. So now quite literally looks like the time to trade Correia for anything of value, before he inevitably comes back to Earth and turns back into the pitcher he has been throughout his career.