In the wake of Philadelphia Phillies owner John Middleton suggesting the team could "get a little bit stupid" in spending money this offseason, just about every big name in MLB free agency . This week, one of those names was actually in Philadelphia.
As rumored on social media and then reported by NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, two-time All-Star pitcher Patrick Corbin was seen paying a visit to Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday. "High on the Phillies' wish list," according to Salisbury, the veteran Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander had previously been speculated as a rotation target of the Phils. The franchise apparently is all in on pursuing notable players in advance of potential Bryce Harper and Manny Machado recruiting.
With Phillies fans hungry for their first big catch of free agency, Twitter was predictably abuzz after word spread of Corbin's visit, complete with Phillies fans doing some detective work to uncover details of the pitcher's arrival:
things I know 100% for a fact right now:— chris jones ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@LONG_DRIVE) November 27, 2018
-Patrick Corbin is at CBP
- his picture with a Phillies hat/jersey is on the big screen
- his gf came with him
that's it. doesn't mean he'll sign, but I have no issue passing these facts along so we can all lose our collective minds.
if the Phillies sign Patrick Corbin and steal him from the Yankees it will continue the tradition of stealing top LHP free agents from them like we did with Cliff Lee. I would like this very much.— chris jones ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@LONG_DRIVE) November 27, 2018
Corbin, who went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA in 2018, is considered New York Yankees have also been tied to the southpaw, but the Phillies are especially flush with cash. Fancred's Jon Heyman reported Tuesday that both the Yankees and Phillies are considered favorites to land Corbin, "but they are not alone in this chase."this winter. The