July 4, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Kevin Correia (29) throws against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
"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.
Correia, of course, lost his rotation spot when the Bucs got Wandy Rodriguez. It's pretty hard to see anyone giving up anything of value for Correia, honestly, and with Rudy Owens gone and Brad Lincoln thriving in the bullpen, the Pirates may want to hang onto Correia for depth. They're not going to trade him just to be nice, the way they did earlier in the season with Drew Sutton -- Correia's a major-leaguer. And besides, the Pirates play on 20 straight days from August 3-22, so they may want Correia to make a start or two during that time, even if everyone stays healthy. The most realistic scenario for Correia being dealt probably involves tossing him into a deal for a hitter with a non-contender that could use him to eat innings.
UPDATE: Correia has requested a trade.