When I think of impact moves for the 2013 season and beyond, the Twins giving Kevin Correia $10 million over two years is near the bottom of my list of all of the transactions that have happened this winter. I can't even sit here and pretend that signing Correia makes the Twins a better team, because quite frankly, it really doesn't.
The 32-year old Correia is coming off of a 2012 season with the Pirates in which he had a 4.21 ERA despite a miniscule 4.68 strikeout rate, tied with new teammate Scott Diamond for the third worst in all of baseball among qualified starting pitchers this past season. Correia's move to Target Field will be the first time in his entire career in which he's pitched in a hitters park after spending his entire career with the Giants, Padres, and Pirates, three of the best five pitchers parks in all of baseball. In contrast, Target Field played as a hitters park in 2012, likely due to the Twins awful pitching staff.
How does this signing make the Twins any better for 2013 and 2014? They're adding a player who has been worth a total of 0.8 fWAR over the last three seasons to a rotation that lacks any sort of dominant presence. Hell, it reminds me of last winter when they signed Jason Marquis to add veteran presence to their rotation, only to cut Marquis loose after just even starts. This probably isn't going to end well for Minnesota, and I'm still questioning why they're not going all-in with the youth movement during a winter that has seen them trade 2/3 of their starting outfield for three pitchers that are all surrounded by questions