Patrick Corbin


Yankees Expected To Target Patrick Corbin In Free Agency

October 11, 2018 - 3:23 pm


Less than 48 hours after the Yankees' season came to an unceremonious end, the name of a free agent target has already emerged.

The Bombers are expected to pursue left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin this winter, Jon Heyman of WFAN and Fancred Sports reported Thursday, citing sources.

Corbin, 29, went 11-7 with a career-best 3.15 ERA and 246 strikeouts this season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In six years with the Diamondbacks, the two-time All-Star is 56-54 with a 3.91 ERA.

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The Yankees were involved in trade talks for Corbin last offseason. In an April interview with USA Today, Corbin, who was born and raised in the Syracuse area, indicated he'd be thrilled to pitch in pinstripes.

"It would definitely be great to play there,'' Corbin said. "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."

Starting pitching was a concern for the Yankees entering this season, and general manager Brian Cashman tried to plug those holes by trading for J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn before the July 31 trade deadline. 

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Happ, Luis Severino and CC Sabathia all had poor starts in the Yankees' American League Division Series against Boston, which the Red Sox won in four games.

According to Heyman, New York is also considering bringing back Happ and Sabathia, both of whom are set to become free agents.