After bolstering their starting rotation with James Paxton, the Yankees are primed to add yet another impact lefty in Patrick Corbin, who will reportedly meet with Brian Cashman and other front office officials in New York on Thursday, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
Corbin is the most sought after free agent starter on the market this winter, and the Phillies and Yankees are believed to be the favorites to land the 29-year-old. Corbin met with the Phillies earlier this week at Citizens Bank Park. Buster Olney of ESPN also reports that Corbin met with the Washington Nationals.
Corbin, an All-Star in 2018 for Arizona, is coming off perhaps his best season, compiling a 3.15 ERA, 11.1 K/9, and 2.2 BB/9 in 33 starts over 200 innings. Corbin opened eyes as a 23-year-old in 2013 when he made his first All-Star team, going 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA. He underwent Tommy John surgery in March of 2014, and came back nicely in 2015. Corbin took a step back in 2016 pitching to a 5.15 ERA, but has rebounded since.
Earlier this year in April, Corbin told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that “it would definitely be great” to play for the Yankees. Corbin grew up as a Yankee fan in upstate New York, and wears number 46 in honor of his favorite player, Andy Pettitte.
“I grew up a Yankee fan. My whole family are Yankee fans. My mom, my dad, my grandpa, everybody. Really, every generation of my family has been Yankee fans,” Corbin said.
MLB Trade Rumors predicted earlier this month that Corbin will sign a six-year, $129 million deal with the Yankees.