Sadly, Patrick Corbin will likely be pitching for another team in 2019.
The Diamondbacks have a muddled payroll situation that will not be easy for GM Mike Hazen to iron out. With ~$75MM in salary committments, plus a whopping ~$51MM in projected arbitration salaries, there’s not much wiggle room without non-tenders or trades. Add in estimated player benefits and the Diamondbacks are already close to $140MM.
For Corbin, limited high-end options in the open market means he’ll have no shortage of suitors. On the surface, the Yankees recent acquisition of James Paxton might take the Yankees out of the running for Corbin, but that’s not necessarily the case. Frankly, having the top trade target off the market should only increase the league-wide urgency to sign Corbin.
The good news for the Diamondbacks is that assuming Corbin earns a contract of more than $50MM – which is a near guarantee – they’ll recoup a draft pick after the first round. Hate to see him go, but that’s a pick that will help jumpstart this rebuild, which is feeling ever more imminent by the day.