The New York Yankees can immediately upgrade their starting rotation by making free agent Patrick Corbin top priority.
The New York Yankees need to improve their starting rotation and Patrick Corbin should be the front office’s top target.
That’s quite a statement to make, especially this offseason. This year’s free agency class is headlined by the two top players in baseball, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Moreover, Clayton Kershaw is also part of this class.
Oh, I’m sorry. Correction. Kershaw was part of the class, but agreed to a three-year, $93 million extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. Not only that, but MLB Network Radio host and former New York Mets GM Steve Phillips tweeted the Yankees would not pursue Bryce Harper. Phillips also added Machado and starting pitching would be the team’s priority.
Bad news for Scott Boras and Bryce Harper: per a source the #Yankees “will not be in on Harper.” Not a complete surprise as indicated by re-signing of Brett Gardner. Seems Machado and pitching additions are Plan A.
— Steve Phillips (@StevePhillipsGM) November 3, 2018
Whether the Yankees should pursue Machado is another conversation and article entirely, but Phillips is on the mark. If he’s Robin Hood, he just split the arrow. Revamping the starting rotation needs to be the Yankees’, as he put it, Plan A.
That means putting Patrick Corbin on the front burner and in power-boil mode. If 2018 is any indication, the results will speak for themselves.