Padres sign Correia; non-tender two

The San Diego Padres today announced that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with right-handed pitcher Kevin Correia.

The Padres also announced that they have tendered contracts to 32 additional players for the 2010 season. Already under contract for the 2009 season were infielders David Eckstein and Adrian Gonzalez as well as right-handed pitchers Radhames Liz and Chris Young.

The club non-tendered right-handed pitchers Jackson Quezada and Mark Worrell. The Padres currently have 37 players on their 40-man roster.

Correia, 29, was 12-11 with a 3.91 ERA (86 ER/198.0 IP) over 33 starts for San Diego last season. The San Diego native posted career highs in starts, wins, innings and strikeouts (142) after making the team as a Spring Training invitee. Signed by the Padres as a minor league free agent on December 27, 2008, Correia has a career Major League record of 26-33 with a 4.36 ERA (289 ER/596.0 IP), 232 walks and 431 strikeouts over 203 games (79 starts) with the San Francisco Giants (2003-2008) and Padres (2009).

Quezada, 23, had minor shoulder surgery before the start of the 2009 season and sat out the entire year, his first year on a 40-man roster. In 2008 he led the Midwest League with 59 appearances and 27 saves, going 2-4 with a 2.12 ERA (15 ER/63.2 IP) and 79 strikeouts (11.2 SO/9.0 IP) against just 19 walks and limiting right-handed hitters to a .117 opponents average. Over parts of five minor league seasons in the Padres organization (2004-08), Quezada went 18-13 with a 2.31 ERA (65 ER/253.2 IP) and 234 strikeouts compared to just 60 walks, a ratio of 3.9-to-1, over 122 games (24 starts). The right-hander was signed by the Padres as a non-drafted free agent in July of 2003 and has never pitched above Single-A.

Worrell, 26, was acquired by the Padres from the St. Louis Cardinals along with right-handed pitcher Luke Gregerson in exchange for infielder Khalil Greene in December of 2008. The right-hander missed the 2009 season after undergoing surgery in March to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He made his Major League debut with St. Louis in 2008, going 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA (5 ER/5.2 IP) over four relief appearances. Originally signed by St. Louis as a 12th-round selection in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida International University, Worrell has gone 12-17 with 83 saves and a 2.95 ERA (92 ER/280.1 IP) in 242 relief appearances over parts of five minor league seasons in the Cardinals organization (2004-08). He has recorded 329 strikeouts in his 280.1 innings of work, averaging 1.17 strikeouts per inning pitched.

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