Free agent starter Patrick Corbin met with the Phillies on Tuesday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reported. Corbin met with the Nationals on Wednesday, per ESPN’s Buster Olney, and will meet with the Yankees on Thursday, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Corbin, 29, is the top free agent pitcher on the market, so he’s likely in line to command a contract in excess of $100 million. The lefty this past season posted a 3.15 ERA with 246 strikeouts and 48 walks over exactly 200 innings of work. Over his six year career, Corbin has a 3.91 ERA. 2018 was his best of those six seasons, which is certainly good timing.
The Yankees have been linked to Corbin all offseason, even after acquiring southpaw James Paxton from the Mariners. The Phillies have been more so linked with position players Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, but they definitely have the financial muscle to woo Corbin to Philadelphia. Corbin is “high on the Nats’ wish list right now,” MASN’s Mark Zuckerman says.
Rays outfielder Austin Meadows has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain, per a team announcement Sunday. No concrete timetable has been given for his return to the lineup just yet, but he’s scheduled to meet with a hand specialist on Sunday as the Rays try to determine the extent of his injury.
Meadows, 23, suffered the sprain in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. He lined a two-run triple into the right-center field gap — one of a franchise-record four triples that the Rays recorded in the game — but slid awkwardly into third base and jammed his right thumb in the process. He didn’t appear to be in obvious pain following the hit, however, nor was he removed from the game at the time.
Prior to the setback, Meadows carried a hefty .351/.422/.676 batting line with six homers, 19 RBI, and a 1.097 OPS through his first 83 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by Guillermo Heredia in right field for Sunday’s series finale and will likely lose a few starts to Avisaíl García as well.
In a series of corresponding moves, right-handed reliever Jake Faria was optioned to Triple-A Durham, infielder/outfielder Andrew Velazquez and righty reliever Emilio Pagán were recalled from Triple-A, and reliever Hunter Wood was placed on the paternity list. Second baseman Joey Wendle was also reinstated from the 10-day injured list after rehabbing a left hamstring strain and is scheduled take over the keystone during the Rays’ matinee against the Red Sox on Sunday.