Saturday December 12, 2009
Looks like the Padres avoided arbitration or having to non-tender starting pitcher Kevin Correia by signing him to a 1 year $3.6 million deal.
The deal was initially reported by Marty Caswell of XX 1090 in a Twitter post and later confirmed by Corey Brock of MLB.com in his Twitter post.
Correia, who is a San Diego native, led the Padres in wins, innings and other pitching categories after signing a minor league deal with the Padres last season for a below market $750k with a promise he would be a starter. He had turned down larger offers elsewhere to pitch in a relief role.
Now he will be a Padre for at least one more season.
Barry Axelrod, Correia's agent has said the neither the Padres nor Correia had asked for a second season as had been widely reported in the media and blogs. Correia will be in the Padres control for 2 more seasons after 2010 before becoming a free agent.
Correia will likely take a spot in the middle of the Padres rotation behind Chris Young and Mat Latos in 2010.