Correia glad to meet new Twins teammates

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Kevin Correia, who joined the Twins on a two-year, $10 million deal earlier this offseason, made his first appearance at TwinsFest and said he was excited to meet his new teammates.

Correia, who has spent his entire career in the National League, said he only knew Ryan Doumit heading into TwinsFest, as they played together in Pittsburgh.

"It's nice to get out here and meet some of the guys," Correia said. "Hopefully, I'll get over and see the stadium too and meet more guys from the organization like the coaches. We're only a few weeks from Spring Training, so this is kind of like the first feeling of the year."

Correia added that it wasn't a tough choice to sign with the Twins, as the club was looking to add starting pitching and has had a history of winning before finishing in last place each of the last two years.

"It was a great opportunity, with them getting some guys to really improve this team," Correia said. "From people I talked to about the organization, the coaching staff and the city, I couldn't get a bad word out of anybody. So it was an easy decision for me."