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Kevin Correia
By The Associated Press
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 7:24 p.m.

After finalizing a $10 million, two-year contract with Kevin Correia on Thursday, Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan acknowledged there's no guarantee the right-hander will strengthen the group. Ryan said he's still looking for candidates after casting a wide net at last week's winter meetings.

“Anybody who represented a starting pitcher, I think we talked to that agent, and that was quite a few,” Ryan said. “They were coming out of our suite in a rapid-fire fashion.”

The 32-year-old Correia was an All-Star in 2011 with the Pirates. He went 12-11 with a 4.21 ERA, 46 walks and only 89 strikeouts in 171 innings this year, losing his spot in the rotation when the Pirates traded for Wandy Rodriguez.

“He knows what he's doing on the mound. He's a guy we've seen quite a bit,” Ryan said. “When you start cracking his numbers, they're very respectable.

“I'm not banking on big strikeout totals by him because he is a big command guy.”

Correia downplayed his declining strikeout totals.

“When I was younger, I was concerned about ERA and strikeouts and those kinds of things, but the past few years, I've been worrying about one thing, and that's winning baseball games,” he said. “If I'm putting up wins, the team's doing better.”

Source: Ichiro, Yankees close in on deal

Ichiro Suzuki and the New York Yankees are closing in on a contract that would guarantee the outfielder between $12 million and $13 million over two years.

BoSox, Dempster agree

The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with right-hander Ryan Dempster on a two-year contract worth $26.5 million, two people familiar with the negotiations said.

Dempster would help a rotation led by Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, promising young pitchers coming off subpar seasons. At the other end of the staff are Franklin Morales and Felix Doubront — pitchers the Red Sox hope can develop into dependable starters.

Around the league

The Cincinnati Reds and free-agent infielder Jack Hannahan finalized a $4 million, two-year contract. ... Andres Torres is returning to the San Francisco Giants, agreeing to a $2 million, one-year contract.

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