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Dec 13, 2012 8:07 PM by Andrew Masuda

Former Mustang Kevin Correia signs $10 million deal with Twins

Former Cal Poly star Kevin Correia has signed a two-year contract with the Minnesota Twins worth a reported $10 million.

The 32-year-old right-handed pitcher, a National League All-Star in 2011, posted a 12-11 record with a 4.21 ERA for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, his 10th in the Major Leagues.

Correia will make $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2014 under Thursday's deal, according to Yahoo! Sports. This will be his fourth major league team and first time in the American League following six seasons with the San Francisco Giants, two with the San Diego Padres and two at Pittsburgh.

Minnesota's 12 starters posted the second-worst ERA in the majors last season, going 39-75 with a 5.40 ERA, ahead of only Colorado. After acquiring Vance Worley from Philadelphia in a trade last week, Minnesota appears to have three-fifths of its rotation filled, with left-hander Scott Diamond the only returner assured of a spot.

The 32 year old was 24-22 with a 4.49 ERA the past two seasons with Pittsburgh. Since 2009 he has averaged 28.2 starts and 167 innings a season with the Pirates and Padres, winning at least 10 games each season.

Correia was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the fourth round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. The San Diego native has a career record of 60-65 with a 4.54 ERA (1,066.0 IP, 538 ER), 712 strikeouts, 381 walks and two complete games in 290 appearances (159 starts).

Correia was 17-10 with Cal Poly from 2000-02 with six career complete games. He was 11-5 in 2002 with a 4.63 ERA. The 11 wins is the second-highest in Cal Poly history for a single season.

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