Left-hander Patrick Corbin unsurprisingly has been getting a lot of interest during his free agency this offseason. The 29-year-old is widely considered to be the On Tuesday, Jon Heyman of Fancred reported that the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees are seen as the favorites for Corbin, "but they are not alone in this chase." That apparently includes the Washington Nationals, who also met with Corbin this week:
As part of his meet-and-greet tour with teams, Patrick Corbin met with the Washington Nationals.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 28, 2018
Corbin will reportedly be in New York on Thursday to meet with the Yankees:
On Monday, Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado make a decision. Corbin was among the list of players mentioned in the report. On Tuesday, it was confirmed that Corbin met with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, andthat the Phillies are ready to sign multiple free agents before
Corbin has pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks since 2012, his first year in the majors. In 2018, he went 11-7 across 33 starts, recording a 3.15 ERA, throwing 246 strikeouts, and making his second career All-Star team. He finished fifth in the AL Cy Young voting.
Corbin generates ground balls at an impressive rate (48.9 percent rate for his career) and kept home runs to a minimum in 2018 (15), which had been an issue in the previous two seasons. In 2018, opponents missed on slider as he went to a breaking ball-heavy approach.
Corbin won't turn 30 until next July and, after his most impressive season as a big leaguer, he's believed to be on the verge of performing at his peak for an extended period of time. This puts him ahead of other left-handed free-agent pitchers like Dallas Keuchel and J.A. Happ, who are both older. Corbin might be on the same level as someone like Nathan Eovaldi, but Eovaldi has only just pitched his first season back from Tommy John surgery. Corbin, who also underwent the procedure, is nearly five years removed from Tommy John.
The Yankees also could take at look into trying to trade for the Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber or the San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner, but it's hard to choose those two over Corbin. While Corbin's not quite yet a household name like Kluber or Bumgarner, he is a young, reliable starter. And that's just hard to find on the free-agent market, making him incredibly valuable to a playoff team.
Now compare Corbin to James Paxton, the newest addition to the Yankees' rotation. Corbin holds the advantage over Paxton, , in a few key categories: 200 IP (Corbin) vs. 160.1 (Paxton) and 15 home runs allowed for Corbin vs. 23 for Paxton. Corbin's 2018 production ranks him at the top of the Yankees current rotation of CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and Paxton.
Corbin's expected contract value has been projected anywhere from five-years, $90 million to six-years, $129 million. It's highly likely that he'll land somewhere in the nine-digit range over multiple seasons.