SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale is on hand at the MLB GM Meetings and the consensus feeling is that Bryce Harper will sign with the Phillies.
The Yankees are making their pitch to Patrick Corbin, hosting the free-agent lefty at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
Corbin, who met with the Philadelphia Phillies and reportedly the Washington Nationals earlier this week, was raised as a Yankees fan in upstate New York and hasn’t hid his affinity for the pinstripes.
Early in the 2018 season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the 29-year-old Corbin told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale that “it would definitely be great to play’’ in the Bronx. “I grew up a Yankees fan. My whole family are Yankees fans.’’
This past season, Corbin pitched to a 3.15 ERA in 200 innings and increased his market price – which could exceed $100 million on a deal of at least five years.
Pitching remains the Yankees’ top priority, with general manager Brian Cashman expressing the need to add at least one more significant starter along with fortifying the bullpen; key relievers Zach Britton and David Robertson are free agents.
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In free agency, J.A. Happ remains on the Yankees’ radar, and Nathan Eovaldi is a potential target. The Cleveland Indians are exploring the trade market for starters Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco.
Cashman has already swung a significant trade, landing lefty James Paxton from the Mariners in a deal that sent Yankees’ top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield to Seattle.
Plus, the Yankees re-signed veteran CC Sabathia to a one-year deal. Sabathia has said 2019 will be his final season.
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