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.
SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.
The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.
Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.
Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.
Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.
The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.
He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.
Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.