Even with the addition of James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners, the New York Yankees' top priority this winter remains free agent starting pitcher Patrick Corbin.
The Philadelphia Phillies are making a strong pitch to bring him to Philly and remain in the National League, but he grew up a Yankees fan, and New York certainly has the money to be the highest bidder.
Corbin has seemed #Yankees top priority this offseason. If they were able to secure him with Paxton, they would probably think the offseason a success. But the #Phillies and others are threats. NYY’s edge: Corbin grew up upstate a Yankee fan. Oh yeah, and lots of money.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 28, 2018
Corbin might not be just a priority, in fact. He could be in pinstripes very soon, as he'll be meeting with Yankees officials on Thursday.
The 29-year-old is the top pitcher on the free agent market, as he's coming off a season where he went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA over 33 starts with the Arizona Diamondbacks. That means plenty of teams will show interest and try to sign him, but the Yankees have the advantage with the spending money and the childhood loyalty.
The Syracuse native has already seen what he'd look like in red Phillies pinstripes on their scoreboard, but we're sure he'd like to see the navy variety, too.