The MLB offseason is in full swing as teams begin signing free agents to build up their rosters for the 2019 season. The Philadelphia Phillies have a lot of money to spend, and they plan to use it. They have been linked to nearly every big name from Bryce Harper to Paul Goldschmidt.
One of the guys that the Phils have high on their list is southpaw Patrick Corbin. The Phillies have the left-hander in town for a visit on Tuesday.
Twitter is buzzing about Patrick Corbin being in Philadelphia and at Citizens Bank Park today. Well, it is true. He is high on Phillies' wish list— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) November 27, 2018
Here's what part of the visit looked like.— Joe Giglio (@JoeGiglioSports) November 27, 2018
Picture courtesy of an undercover reporter. pic.twitter.com/9ECxMo4tpi
The 29-year-old is coming off of an All-Star season with the Diamondbacks, posting an 11-7 record to go along with a 3.15 ERA and 1.050 WHIP in 33 starts, spanning 200 innings. He also finished in the top-5 for NL Cy Young voting for the 2018 season.
Adding Corbin to a staff that already boasts the likes of Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta would be huge, but the Phillies should also be cautious of what kind of contract you give to a pitcher entering his 30's even though they have plenty to spend. Ideally, if the Phillies are able to sign Corbin, it will be in the 3-4 year range with a higher salary compared to a 5-6 year deal with less money annually. That being said, MLB Trade Rumors projected that Corbin would land a six-year deal in the $129 million range in free agency. Corbin has made just two starts at Citizens Bank Park in his career, allowing 10 earned runs in 11.1 innings.
The Phillies have also been linked to Giants starter Madison Bumgarner in trade talks, so the organization could potentially have a rotation that includes Nola, Corbin, Arrieta and Bumgarner with the ability to still sign Machado or Harper. Either way, things are starting to get interesting on the hot stove for the Phillies as the offseason continues to progress.