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Pirates Trade Rumors: Kevin Correia Wants To Be Dealt

MLB.com's Tom Singer reports that Pirates pitcher Kevin Correia, who was bumped from the rotation when the Bucs acquired Wandy Rodriguez, wants to be traded.

"I want to start. For me to start, I’d either have to go elsewhere, or have someone get hurt here," Correia said. "I don’t want to see anyone to get hurt, so …"

When manager Clint Hurdle had his talk with Correia on Thursday to inform him of the staff decision to move him to the bullpen, Kevin said he did not specifically inquire about the chances of him being dealt.

"(General manager) Neal Huntington wasn’t part of that conversation, so what would have been the point? The manager doesn’t make those calls," Correia said.

The Pirates might be able to deal Correia, but I don't see them doing it out of kindness, as they've done in other circumstances with minor-league veterans who have a chance to play elsewhere -- they're in a pennant race. At the same time, Correia has a ludicrously low 4.15 strikeouts per nine innings (although that figure has improved recently), and most contenders wouldn't want him.

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