MLB Trade Rumors: New York Yankees Not the Only Team Pursuing Patrick Corbin

MLB Playoffs / Boston Red Sox v Atlanta Braves / Photo by Ron Schwane/NHLI via Getty Images During one of their shifts at the 2017 Winter Meetings, the Atlanta Braves surprised the attending media…

MLB Trade Rumors: New York Yankees Not the Only Team Pursuing Patrick Corbin

MLB Playoffs / Boston Red Sox v Atlanta Braves / Photo by Ron Schwane/NHLI via Getty Images

During one of their shifts at the 2017 Winter Meetings, the Atlanta Braves surprised the attending media by announcing they were advancing in the bidding for star pitcher Patrick Corbin — a move the Dodgers were unaware of. But as the 2019 Winter Meetings in Las Vegas get underway, the team faces far stiffer competition for its top assets than most expected, with the New York Yankees making a big push for the left-hander and even the Toronto Blue Jays emerging as a long-shot option.

Multiple reports indicated that the Yankees have been making it known that they are willing to deal prospects if that’s what it takes to land the 26-year-old, who was among the best pitchers in baseball last season. But, though “Moneyball” is still widely accepted to apply to teams pursuing pitching and analytics, to say that the Yankees do not seem to be equipped to compete at a high level with the Diamondbacks, Braves and Phillies at this point is very much a stretch.

While the Bronx Bombers are unlikely to give up prospects for Corbin, it is very much possible that they might throw in Nick Goody, who like the lefty is coming off Tommy John surgery. That would certainly not come as a surprise, since the big right-hander went 2-3 with a 2.95 ERA in 15 starts for the Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders last season.

At the 2018 Winter Meetings, the New York Mets were rumored to be actively seeking a starter. As it turns out, they made a run at Corbin, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. According to Heyman, the Mets offered three prospects to the D-backs — two of which were still under 20 years old. The deal never got real, although the D-backs claimed Heyman’s source as somewhat inaccurate.

Corbin is one of the few pieces remaining on the D-backs’ list of prized pitching prospects. Left-hander Walker Buehler, who is part of the group that can drive the D-backs’ average cost-per-year down to $3.64 million, is currently the team’s No. 2 starter behind Zack Greinke. Outfielder Steven Souza Jr., who is the team’s other top prospect, is slated to replace Gerardo Parra as their left fielder on opening day.

Another piece to remain, though, is Drew Storen, a former National League saves leader. A left-handed closer, Storen has been a hard-luck reliever for the Diamondbacks for much of his career, recording 18 saves and a 5.55 ERA last season. He’s scheduled to be a free agent this year, though that seems unlikely, given the money he’s made for the team in the past.

In each of the past four seasons, Storen has given up at least four runs and has a 5.00 ERA, which ties him with Francisco Rodriguez as the most costly reliever for the franchise since the D-backs began renting out starting pitchers in 2012. While that’s not a level at which any contender would trade him, the club has invested heavily in their rotation this offseason, which is why he is essentially expected to take a significant pay cut this year.

Storen, unlike Buehler, might be able to help the D-backs get to the playoffs, especially if they somehow manage to find a way to get Greinke, Corbin or somebody else healthy at the same time. But he’s far from their top name and could potentially cost the team a valuable young prospect in the process.

So, before you start cheering for the Diamondbacks, keep in mind that their pitching is being badly overvalued, and that they are in for an extended rebuild. That said, the team is looking to make a move like the one they made at the 2017 Winter Meetings, which was largely missed. With the moves they’ve made this offseason, Atlanta is poised to win the National League East this year, and the question is whether Corbin or someone else will be pitching in the seventh inning on October 3.

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