The last thing Patrick Corbin saw leaving Yankee Stadium early Thursday afternoon was two post workers trying to stop his rented ride for a brief conversation before rolling onto River Avenue.
Welcome to New York, which has left the left hand ink agent signs at the Yankees, will likely be the home of 29-year-old Corbin for 29 years.
Corbin was in The Bronx to meet with Yankee Brass, a group that included manager Aaron Boone and pitching coach Larry Rothschild, Bullpen coach Mike Harkey, and analytical guru Zac Fieroh.
On the way back from lunch, they asked if he was free to discuss Corbin. Boone politely said that was not the case.
Corbin's visit was not limited in the stadium, as he wanted to have dinner with the decision makers of Yankee on Thursday evening.
"We are in the midst of a very active winter, whether it be trade or free agents, and in some cases free agents are coming to visit Patrick Corbin is here at Yankee Stadium and now in New York," said General Manager Brian Cashman to YES. "I would not call it a recruiting effort, but an educational effort that [he’s] saw the opportunity to see the facilities from home, because he clearly played as a visitor here and certainly traveled to New York is a visitor. He gets access to all aspects of our brand, our brand, our efforts, the people, with Aaron Boone and our trainers and myself, and hopefully he leaves to get a better sense of who we are.
"He's obviously on a decision-making trip with his family, which is likely to complete a new landing site ̵
CC Sabathia was in the stadium to repair his knee surgery collided with Corbin, and the two left-handers traded the hells.
Thursday was the third consecutive day on the Corbins Northeast Corridor Tour. Tuesday he met with the Phillies. Wednesday it was the Nationals. Because Corbin, who is from Clay, New York, a suburb of Syracuse, was a Yankees fan, many speculated that he would join The Bronx the minute he met the free agency. The Yankees have been exploring Corbin intensively over the last few years and talking to the Diamondbacks several times about having acquired it through the trade.
The Phillies, however, have a pile of money burning holes in their deep pockets and need at least one starter and maybe two – even if they sign freelance infielder Manny Machado. The Nationals made a bid of $ 300 million for Bryce Harper, which the outfielder of the free agent had rejected. Harper and the Nationals could return and make a deal, but if they do not, the club has plenty of money to pay Corbin, which is said to be running a five-year deal in the range of $ 100 to $ 120 million
Corbin is 56-54 with 3.91 ERA in 172 major league games (152 starts) and produced a very strong walk-year season in 2018, when he clocked an 11-7 record with a 3.15 in 33 starts -ERA scored 246 in 200 innings, was an all-star and finished fifth in the NL Cy Young race.
While Sabathia does not know Corbin very well and only briefly spoke to him, veteran Hurler is thrilled that the Yankees have courted a high-profile free agent after signing it again and taking over James Paxton from the Mariners.
"It's just exciting, so play for the Yankees. You have a chance to win, "Sabathia told The Post as he walked past a traffic light on River Avenue. "Of course you never have too much pitching. With the attack we have, they do what they do, and with good pitching it is exciting.
When Corbin signs with the Yankees, there is a free agent J.A. no rotation point. Happ, because Corbin would join Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Paxton and Sabathia. Technically, Sonny Gray is still a Yankee, but Cashman has made it very clear that he should get along with the right-hander before the start of the 2019 season.
Happ was 7-0 with 11.6 starts for Yankees after being acquired by the Blue Jays in late July. The 36-year-old Happ came together for a 17-6 record and 3.65 out of 31 starts between the Blue Jays and Yankees and was an all-star for the first time.