Yankees Rumors: Patrick Corbin Meeting Scheduled, No Plans to Visit Mets

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2018

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 17:  Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field on September 17, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees and prized free-agent starting pitcher Patrick Corbin are reportedly scheduled to meet in New York City on Thursday. 

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the update Wednesday and noted Corbin isn't expected to visit the New York Mets during his trip to the Big Apple.

The 29-year-old lefty is coming off the best season of his six-year career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He posted a 3.15 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with 246 strikeouts in 200 innings across 33 starts. He ranked fourth among MLB starting pitchers in WAR (6.3), per FanGraphs.

In April, Corbin told Bob Nightengale of USA Today his entire family grew up cheering for the Yankees in Clay, New York, a suburb of Syracuse.

"It would definitely be great to play there," he said. "I grew up a Yankee fan. My whole family are Yankee fans. My mom, my dad, my grandpa, everybody. Really, every generation of my family has been Yankee fans."

While New York has made him a "top priority" this offseason, the Philadelphia Phillies are also interested in the left-hander, per Sherman.

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reported Corbin visited the Phils on Tuesday and confirmed he's high on the NL East contender's wish list, too.

Corbin's career numbers are more modest than his 2018 results, highlighted by a 3.91 ERA, but the combination of hitting free agency at his peak and interest from at least two big-market teams willing to spend big bucks on pitching should lead to a lucrative deal for the Chipola College product.

The Yanks will get their chance to try and sway him in their direction Thursday.