In the end, it didn’t matter that Patrick Corbin grew up a Yankees fan, or that his family, all Yankees fans, were hoping he’d sign with them (his brother apparently urged Corbin to sign with the Yanks while giving the best man speech at Corbin’s wedding). It didn’t matter that Corbin idolized Andy Pettitte or that maybe Ron Guidry could help Corbin refine his slider during some spring training tutoring.
It all came down to dollars and years. The Yanks offered 5 years and $100MM, and wouldn’t budge. Corbin chose the Nationals and 6 years, $140MM. So much for fulfilling your childhood dream of playing for your favorite team. Corbin chose the extra year and more $$. He joins Scherzer and Strasberg to give the Nats a formidable trio. Corbin also spurned the Phils, instead going to their NL East rival.
The Yanks now look to grab someone else. They could now bring back 36 yr. old J.A. Happ on maybe a two or three year deal (probably have to go three), look to Dallas Keuchel, or maybe Yusei Kikuchi of Japan (although a Japanese lefty still gives me Kei Igawa nightmares). If not a lefty, they could look at bringing back to NY Nathan Eovaldi or Lance Lynn. Or look into a trade with maybe the Indians for Kluber or Carrasco or see what Bumgarner of the Giants would cost. Other options exist, also.
But the #1 target, Corbin, is now off the board. Apparently, to borrow a NY Post headline from today, the Yanks are drawing their line in the sand and aren’t crossing it.
In other Yankees news, there are rumors of the Yanks moving Sonny Gray to the Brewers. No word on what the return could be.
The winter meetings start Sunday in Las Vegas. We’ll see what deals go down then, if not before.