Patrick Corbin has Yankees fans in his family, but if he ends up in the Bronx, that won’t be the reason.
However, family could still be a factor in Corbin’s decision. Per Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Corbin’s New York family, especially his little brother, want him to be a Yankee:
From someone who attended Patrick Corbin’s recent wedding: “His younger brother gave a best-man speech and at the end took out a Yankees hat and put it on, which elicited a great applause, and said they all hoped that he and Jen would be moving closer to home.”
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 30, 2018
But Brian Cashman thinks it’s going to take a lot more than a toast at a wedding to convince Corbin. The GM does respect the gesture, though, according to The New York Post’s Ken Davidoff.
“I think their Yankee allegiances are appreciated,” He told Davidoff. “But usually in this process, the thing that’s most important is… the financial opportunities that exist at various locales weigh heavily in the decision-making process.”
That being said, the Bombers did make sure to include possibly the most influential member of Corbin’s family—his wife Jen—when the couple stopped by Yankee Stadium for a visit on Thursday:
— MLB Roundup (@MLB_Roundup) November 29, 2018
Corbin is a 29-year-old lefty who posted career-best numbers in 2018, making him the top free agent starter this offseason. His 11-7 win-loss record wasn’t impressive, but a 3.15 ERA and 1.05 WHIP show what he’s capable of doing.
New York is also considering another lefty, J.A. Happ, as an alternative to Corbin. Happ is 36 years old, which makes him a short-term solution, but he dominated with the Yankees last season.
A trade-deadline acquisition, Happ was 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 63.2 innings for the Bombers.
Other free agents still available include Dallas Keuchel, Nathan Eovaldi, and Wade Miley. Cashman and the Yankees could also choose to trade for another starter. The best trade options right now are Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, whom Cleveland is actively shopping.
By all indications, Corbin is the Bombers’ top choice for their final rotation spot. They have the money to make sure it happens, and now they have secret agents inside his family.
Corbin to New York is seeming more likely every day.