The Dodgers made a late-night addition to their pitching staff Saturday, acquiring right-hander Kevin Correia from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Correia, 34, is tied for the major league lead in losses. He has won five games and posted a 4.94 earned-run average in 23 starts.
Correia’s numbers might be underwhelming, but consider this: In the wake of a season-ending knee injury to left-hander Paul Maholm, the Dodgers were left with inexperienced Carlos Frias as their long reliever and emergency starter.
In his first stint in the major leagues, Frias has pitched twice, giving up three runs in three innings.
Correia figures to be used as a long reliever. He could also be a back-of-the-rotation option if Dan Haren or Roberto Hernandez falters down the stretch.
“Kevin gives us an additional option as a starter or long reliever,” General Manager Ned Colletti said in a statement released by the team. “He also supplies us with more veteran pitching depth for the stretch drive.”
Colletti is familiar with Correia from their days with the San Francisco Giants. Colletti was the Giants’ assistant general manager when Correia broke into the major leagues with the team in 2003.
Correia was an All-Star with the Pirates in 2011, when he was 12-11 with a 4.79 ERA.
Over 12 major league seasons, Correia has a career record of 74-91 with a 4.53 ERA.