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Patrick Corbin met with Phillies and Nationals, will meet with Yankees

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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.

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.