Jon Heyman says that free agent Patrick Corbin is expected to make a decision soon on where to sign. Heyman isn’t the first to say this either, as there were rumblings about Corbin making a quick decision over the weekend as well.
Corbin recently completed a tour with East Coast clubs, including visits with the Yankees, Nationals, and Phillies, who are the three teams Heyman says are the favorites. Mystery teams are always lurking, of course.
Corbin turned in a career high in strikeouts and walked just 48 in 200 innings in 2018. He’ll turn 30 next summer, which is, these days, fairly young for a free agent starter. He’ll get a pretty hefty deal no matter where he signs.
The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.
Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.
Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.