Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Phillies "in strong position" in Corbin sweepstakes, won’t "be out-bid"


He's a NY native coming off an excellent season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Yankees - always equipped with deep pockets - seemed like a logical fit for the 29-year-old left-hander. $140 million contract the left-hander received, forcing them to move on to cheaper options. They'll reportedly now turn their attention to Nathan Eovaldi and J.A. Happ, instead.

Last week Corbin went on a three-city recruiting tour through Philadelphia, Washington, and NY. In 31 combined starts, the veteran pitcher had a record of 17-6 with an ERA of 3.65.

Eovaldi, of course, finished 2018 with Boston, emerging as a postseason hero, and Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski already acknowledged the club is interested in re-signing the hard-throwing right-hander.

Corbin was considered the top free agent pitcher on this year's market and will cost the Nationals their second- and fifth-highest picks in next year's MLB Draft, as well as $1 million in worldwide bonus pool money.

The Red Sox are on record that they'd like Eovaldi back, but with NY in the picture, the Red Sox won't get him cheaply.

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Fast-forward nearly 10 years later and the 36-year-old Happ is reportedly seeking a three-year deal after an impressive season with both the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees. While the details of Corbin's deal have yet to be disclosed, his average salary is $23 million per year.

The 29-year-old lefty Corbin had a huge contract season, posting a 3.15 ERA over 200 innings pitched with peripherals suggesting that he actually pitched better, with a 2.47 FIP and a 1.050 WHIP. Keuchel only had 154 strikeouts. The Yankees have reportedly spoken with the Cleveland Indians about a potential trade for Corey Kluber or Carlos Carrasco.

According to Jon Morsi of the MLB Network, the Phillies have had discussions with the San Francisco Giants about a trade for pitcher Madison Bumgarner.

Now, the good news for the Yankees is that their rotation already gained an excellent starter in James Paxton just last week, tossing him into a starting pitching group that consists of Luis Severino, Mashiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, and Sonny Gray (assuming he remains on this roster).

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