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.
Free agent lefty reliever Aaron Loup has been given a locker in the Padres’ clubhouse, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reported Sunday. Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Loup received a one-year MLB deal with a club option for 2020. The Padres will shift right-hander Garrett Richards to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster.
Loup, 31, began the 2018 season with the Blue Jays and was traded to the Phillies for minor league right-hander Jacob Waguespack at the midseason deadline. The veteran left-hander pitched just two innings in Philadelphia before hitting the injured list with a forearm strain and returned for a handful of appearances at the end of the year, bringing him up to a 4.54 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, 10.0 SO/9, and 0.3 fWAR across 39 2/3 combined innings.
Assuming health issues don’t complicate his next campaign in San Diego, Loup will be added to the bullpen alongside fellow left-handers Matt Strahm and José Castillo (with the possible late addition of southpaw reliever Brad Wieck, who underwent surgery for testicular cancer earlier this year). There are worse places to be — according to FanGraphs, the Padres’ ‘pen jumped from second-worst in 2017 to second-best in the league with a cumulative 3.53 ERA, 3.31 FIP, and 8.7 fWAR in 2018.