According to reports by Buster Olney and Andrew Marchand the Yankees may be content with just sticking with the staff they have; however, don’t be surprised if the Yankees don’t add yet another starter by the end of the off season. Buster Olney was quoted as saying that the Yankees are digging into scouting reports and background checks on Diamondbacks lefty, Patrick Corbin.
Corbin, 28 put together a decent season in 2017, but the key to his numbers are just how dominant he was during the second half of the season. The lefty posted a 3.26ERA over 14 starts and 88.1 innings for the second half of the season. Corbin burst onto the scene with his electric stuff in 2012 and put together back-to-back strong seasons in 2013 and 2014. With the Diamondbacks now being motivated sellers the Yankees may be looking to grab a rental to bolster their starting staff since Corbin will be a free agent at the end of the year.
Another potential scenario for this trade is if the Yankees believe they can straighten him out and move him at some point during the season for more than they got him for. Cashman has been notorious for grabbing players at a cheap price and flipping them for a lot more than they paid (i.e. Chapman for Eric Jagielo in company) at worst Corbin adds another arm to the depth chart for the Yankees who are not very deep in the major league ready starting pitching category, so he could serve as a sixth man and give the Yankees some flexibility with any potential injuries.
The Yankees have been aggressive all off-season long and you can only assume that, that means they still have some moves left to make. If the Yankees feel that they can get solid production from Corbin at a reasonable price then one would imagine that a move in the very near future is imminent.
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