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.
Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are actively trying to trade outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. In fact, the Mets were discussing such a trade with the Mets before they ultimately acquired Jake Marisnick from the Astros last week.
The Red Sox have made it no secret that they plan to reduce payroll. They’re currently above $218 million, about $10 million above the competitive balance tax threshold. Bradley is projected to earn $11.5 million in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility.
While Bradley continued to play above-average defense, his offense has left a bit to be desired. He has an aggregate adjusted OPS of 90 over the past three seasons (100 is average), matching his mark of 90 in 2019 specifically. Bradley hit .225/.317/.421 with 21 home runs, 62 RBI, and 69 runs scored in 567 plate appearances.
Since an acquiring team would likely be on the hook for most or all of Bradley’s salary, the Red Sox wouldn’t get much in return in a trade. With the Mets out of the picture, the Cubs and Diamondbacks are a couple of teams that could match up with the Red Sox on a trade involving Bradley.