The Yankees are front-runners for Patrick Corbin, but these other options are just as compelling
With so many impact players available, this year's free-agent season has the potential to be the most hectic we've ever seen. To keep everything organized, we're bringing back the Free Agent Matrix to parse out where this year's top talents might end up signing.
No player available this winter hit the free-agent market at a better time than left-hander
It's worth nothing that it was no guarantee that Corbin would reach this point. In his first full season back from Tommy John surgery in 2016, he struggled immensely, posting a 5.15 ERA in 155 2/3 innings for Arizona. Since, Corbin has improved markedly each of the last two seasons, culminating in his excellent 2018 campaign. The southpaw's fastball has never been the kind to overpower hitters, but his slider is one of the most effective breaking pitches in all of baseball, and a newly introduced slow curveball also helped Corbin rack up more whiffs in 2018.
Who could be in the market for Corbin this winter? Let's take a look:
The Dark Horses
It seems unlikely that Arizona will shell out another big contract for a pitcher just a few years removed from giving
Might Corbin want to return to the organization that drafted him and help The Fightin' Troutanis get back to October? Corbin never threw a big league pitch for the Angels, as he was dealt to Arizona in the Dan Haren trade at the 2010 Trade Deadline. But this is a team in dire need of rotation help, and bringing Corbin back into the fold could be an intriguing option.
For all the bullpenning the Brewers became known for down the stretch, it's safe to say they would still love to have a bona fide No. 1 starter who doesn't necessitate a complex deployment of different pitchers in one game. GM David Stearns made a huge splash last offseason, acquiring
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It's been no secret that the Yankees have long been intrigued by the idea of binging in Corbin, who grew up a Yankees fan in Syracuse, N.Y., to join their rotation. On paper, it does look like a supremely obvious fit, and Brian Cashman may already be hinting about his interest in the lefty. Generally, "Player X grew up a Team X fan, so surely he would want to sign there" narratives don't hold up all that well, but this one does appear to pass the smell test a little more convincingly.