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REPORT: The Phillies will not be “out-bid” for Patrick Corbin

The Phillies apparently want free agent starting pitcher Patrick Corbin really, really, really badly. Just a week after bringing him…

The Phillies apparently want free agent starting pitcher Patrick Corbin really, really, really badly.

Just a week after bringing him to Philadelphia for a meeting with the team, reports are the Phils deadly serious about adding the 29- year-old left-hander.

In other words, if Corbin is dead set on playing for the New York Yankees, he’s going to have to take less money to do so.

One might argue about the wisdom of giving Corbin a six-year deal, but when you consider the alternatives, it’s not so crazy.

First, unless the Phillies were trading for Noah Syndergaard or a younger pitcher with years of control left, it makes more sense for the team to sign the best free agent starting on the market rather than making a trade for a high-priced veteran while giving up prospects in the process.

Second, if one is worried about having an aging starting under contract, then Corbin actually makes more sense than YES Happ or Charlie Morton.

Happ is 36 and is looking for a three-year deal that he will probably get. That would take him through his age 38 season. Charlie Morton is 35 and will probably get a two-year deal that would take him through his age 37 season.

Next year will be Corbin’s age-29 season.

Right now.

Sure, the back-end of the deal could turn out to be dead money. After all, when the Phillies signed Cliff Lee for a five-year, $ 125 million deal, they essentially got nothing out of the last two years. But is that necessarily a horrible thing?

The biggest argument against Corbin is that he’s only had one season of elite performance. He had a 3.15 ERA and 2.47 FIP last season, pitching 200.0 innings and piling up 246 strikeouts and 48 walks, worth 4.8 bWAR. He was an All-Star in 2013, but missed all of 2014 and some of ’15 due to Tommy John surgery. In the two years that followed he posted an ERA of 5.15 and 4.03 with a K / 9 or 6.8 and 8.4 respectively.

The addition of a much slower slider / curveball to his harder slider made him incredibly hard to hit last season og håpet er at hans nye repertoire vil gøre ham til en effektiv starter som hans hastighedsfald over tid. Forhåpentligvis, det ville være for minst de første fire årstiderne af en seksårig aftale.

Hvad vi synes om Corbin, det er klart at Phillies desperat for han og gør det klart at hvis han ikke ender i Philadelphia, it will not be because the Phils did not do everything in their power to land him.

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