Phillies rumors: Four left-handed starters to target this offseason
The Phillies lost out on Patrick Corbin to the Nationals. The latest Phillies rumors suggesting they do next?
Phillies rumors regarding Patrick Corbin began to swirl late Tuesday afternoon when word of a decision being imminent swept across Twitter. Unfortunately for the Phillies, the top left-handed pitcher on the free agent market opted to sign with their division rival, the Washington Nationals.
Corbin inked a six-year deal worth $140 million, similar to the deal Yu Darvish signed with Chicago last year.
Phillies fans were optimistic they could land Corbin after his visit to Citizens Bank Park last week, and they were disappointed when James Paxton was traded to the Yankees, but now they must move on to other options.
Adding a left-handed pitcher is one of the many things on Matt Klentak’s to do list this offseason, and he’s been vocal about making this move after the organization went nearly two seasons without a start from a lefty.
Ranger Suarez isn’t, and may not ever be, ready to be a guy who can take the ball every five days and turn out quality starts. If the Phillies had Suarez on the doorsteps a couple of years ago he would likely be in the rotation and potentially turn into a stalwart in the rotation. Philadelphia is ready to win, and they don’t have time to give Suarez 30 starts to learn how to pitch in the big leagues.
I have two free agents and two trade candidates the Phillies front office could turn to after losing the Corbin sweepstakes. Two are more realistic than the other, but each has a possibility of being completed at some point this offseason.